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Issue: October 2012
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


Bisbee’s Buzz

CHANGE IS PAINFUL AND UNSTOPPABLE.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In just over 100 years, the changes we have seen are remarkable. Most of the technological changes have been developed in just the past 25 years.

Regardless of the global economic doldrums of the past five years, the pace has remained stable.

Try to extrapolate where we will be as a society in the next 25, 50, 75, and 100 years.

Change is painful and unstoppable.

Last thought: Is time travel possible?

 FACTOIDS: 

The year is 1910, just over one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! 
 

Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:
 

·         The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
 

·         Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
 

·         Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
 

·         Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone and the entire network was on copper wiring.
 

·         There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads and no cell phones or GPS units.
 

·         The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
 

·         The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
 

·         The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour).
 

·         The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
 

·         A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
 

·         More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
 

·         Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION, but they often made house calls.
 

·         Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'
 

·         Sugar cost four cents a pound.
 

·         Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
 

·         Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
 

·         Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
 

·         Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
 

·         The Five leading causes of death were:

1.       Pneumonia and influenza

2.       Tuberculosis

3.       Diarrhea

4.       Heart disease

5.       Stroke
 

·         The American flag had 45 stars.
 

·         The population of Las Vegas , Nevada was only 30!
 

·         Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
 

·         There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
 

·         Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
 

·         Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

·         Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,

·         Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'
 

·         Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
 

·         There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
 

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.

From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

This has only been 102 years ago…......Amazing

Failure to learn from our mistakes may doom us to repeat them.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

www.wireville.com

 

Big Changes Ahead as most networks go 100% Fiber

We are seeing a big change in the architecture of the information super highway. Most networks are moving to 100% fiber optic cable backbones. Even the cabling on-premise is converting to fiber optic cables for the backbone. As the backbone cables extend into the work area, the amazing speed and bandwidth opportunities get closer to the desktop (FTTD). In the world of copper cable, achieving successful transmission to meet the standards is a relative formula of speed and distance. The faster the transmission = the shorter the distance. Many of today’s LAN requirements have outgrown the copper cable as the medium.

The cost of fiber optic cabling has come down, while the price of the obsolete copper cable continues to spiral up with soaring increases in the petrochemical jacketing and insulating materials, not to mention copper demands have exceeded supply.

Fiber Optic Cabling is still on the edge of “black magic” to many installers. It used to require extensive training from a limited number of credible sources and… great eye sight coupled with a surgeon’s steady hand.  Over the past ten years, we have seen an explosion of trained fiber optic cable installers in the workforce and numerous advancements in the fiber optic cabling connectors. The connector was the next big concern after the industry developed a bendable fiber with amazing capabilities.  For most contractors in the low-voltage world the fiber optic cabling connector and FO patchcord was the Achilles Heel of the network.

Over the past decade, technology has tackled the tough challenges in our Light Guide information distribution systems.

Fiber Optic Cabling’s Hidden Hero is now available.  Hardened Lens Contact (HLC) connector is superior to any other connector available in the market.

Until the introduction of HLC connector, the connector was still the Achilles Heel of the fiber network. The company that made the breakthrough in the fiber optic cable connector is Megladon Manufacturing in Austin, Texas.

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

Durability

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

Performance

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

The company that made the breakthrough in the fiber optic cable connector is Megladon Manufacturing in Austin, Texas.

Megladon Manufacturing Group, Ltd. was created as a subsidiary of Tyrex Group, Ltd. on January 1, 2000 after spending three years as an incubated division. Megladon became the first company to emerge from the Tyrex Partnering Program.

In 2000, STG 4Fronts, a technology incubator specializing in optical research and development was created as a subsidiary of Megladon. With knowledge from and relationships within the scientific community, this entity was created to provide Megladon and the Fiber Products Group with intellectual property in the fiber optic arena. The first project, the Hardened Lens Contact (HLC) for fiber optic patch cables was a huge success. The project was completed within a tight budget and timeline. The technology was patented and transferred to the Fiber Products Group for application engineering, creation of manufacturing processes and marketing. The result was a core technology with far-reaching effects in the fiber optic industry.

 

Corporate Culture is Important

Today, Megladon promotes the same original culture that has made them successful over the years. Megladon’s company culture is based upon the Tyrex Diamond Disciplines: Economic Prosperity, Entrepreneurship, Employee Well-Being and Community Citizenship. They believe all four aspects must be not only present, but in balance, in order to succeed.

 

Their quest as part of the Tyrex Family is to become “special” as well as successful. This includes a longevity factor that claims they are “Built to Last.” With their individual commitments to their customers, vendors, communities and each other, Long term, Megladon is building a strong foundation that will prove invaluable in the years ahead.

 

Quality is another integral piece of the Megladon company culture. They strive to incorporate the highest level of quality in every transaction. This includes all communications and tasks involving any customer, vendor, employee or community in which they reside. This philosophy allows Megladon to ensure the quality of their products and services are a result of their overall quality mentality. Quality is another integral piece of the Megladon company culture. They strive to incorporate the highest level of quality in every transaction. This includes all communications and tasks involving any customer, vendor, employee or community in which they reside. This philosophy allows Megladon to ensure the quality of our products and services are a result of their overall quality mentality.


WWW.MEGLADONMFG.COM 

 

Brady will give away over $25,000 in prizes at NSC 2012 Expo

Celebrating 100 years of NSC with 100 prizes

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (October 15, 2012) Brady, a leader in safety, facility and equipment identification products, will be celebrating the National Safety Council’s (NSC) 100-year anniversary by giving away 100 prizes, valued at $25,000 (MSRP) at the 2012 Congress & Expo. The expo will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 22-24, 2012.

All attendees who stop by Brady’s booth (2459) will have a chance to win large giveaway items, including:

·         BBP33® and BBP31® printers

·         GlobalMark® printers

·         BMP®21 printers

·         BMP®51 printer

·         Lean Kits

·         Lockout/Tagout Kits

·         SPC spill control kits

·         Toughstripe® floor marking rolls

·         Safety padlocks

·         Custom safety sign

·         And more!

“Since this is the 100th anniversary of the National Safety Council, we wanted to do something for all of the attendees to celebrate the excellence, innovation and growth of safety products over the past 100 years,” said Danielle Gallo, Brady’s show captain for NSC.

For more information:

To learn more about the event and giveaway, visit www.BradyID.com/NSC.  For more information about Brady’s complete line of products, visit www.BradyID.com. In Canada, visit www.BradyCanada.ca

About Brady:

Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people.  Its products include high-performance labels and signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, and precision die-cut materials. Founded in 1914, the company has millions of customers in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical and a variety of other industries.  Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee and employs 6,600 people at operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Brady’s fiscal 2011 sales were approximately $1.3 billion.  More information about Brady Corporation is available at www.bradycorp.com.

 

ShoreTel Named Winner of the Midsize Enterprise Summit West 2012 XCellence Awards

ShoreTel 13 wins praise by 250 CIOs as Best Software Solution

ShoreTel®(SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, today announced it has been named a winner of the Midsize Enterprise Summit (MES) West 2012 XCellence Awards in the category of Best Midmarket Software Solution, Best Demonstration of ROI, and Best Execution of a Midmarket IT Solution. Sponsored by XChange Events, the Midsize Enterprise Summit XCellence Awards measure overall IT decision makers' perceptions of vendor products/services, presentations, and presence during MES West. By winning the prestigious XCellence Awards, ShoreTel continues to demonstrate its commitment to understanding the unique needs of the midsize enterprise IT market.

Each year, 250 CIOs from businesses with about 100 to 1,000 employees attend the Midsize Enterprise Summit to learn about the latest innovations for businesses. ShoreTel aimed to prove that by eliminating complexity in communications, CIOs can focus their resources on their critical areas of business, and use collaboration solutions to help their teams share ideas and communicate effectively using any device in any location.

“To demonstrate ShoreTel’s brilliant simplicity in action at the show, ShoreTel provided a complete integrated communication experience live in front of the audience,” said Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer, ShoreTel. “This included our IP telephony capabilities with IP 655 desk phones, live system administration capabilities with ShoreTel’s Director Web application adding audience members as new users with all services in seconds, and demonstrating the intuitiveness and ease of use with our conferencing and collaboration with Macs and PCs, along with integrated ShoreTel Mobility software on Apple iPhones, iPads and Android Smart phones.”

The awards were presented at the Midsize Enterprise Summit West held Sept. 12-14, 2012 at the JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas. With an agenda designed to address IT re-investment strategies, MES West 2012 brought together industry experts and practitioners to discuss the specific needs of the midmarket and how to best drive IT innovation despite an environment of tight cost control. The conference provided IT executives with exclusive access to industry research, thought provoking keynote sessions, interactive boardroom appointments, a solutions pavilion featuring exhibitors from both emerging and established vendors, as well as peer to peer networking opportunities. To view the event highlights visit http://www.xchange-events.com/mesw12.

“The midmarket has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities,” said Robert C. DeMarzo, Senior Vice President of Strategic Content, XChange Events. “The XCellence Awards recognize the vendors who understand those market nuances and provide the best solutions to meet this market’s evolving needs. We congratulate all the winning companies for their ongoing commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction.”

Related Links & Conversation

About ShoreTel

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

XChange Events

Part of the UBM Channel family, XChange Events connect technology builders, sellers and buyers through a diverse number of live and virtual events, designed to help attendees share best practices, network with peers and gain exclusive market intelligence from industry editors and analysts. Organized into three categories, XChange Events offers channel events, IT executive events and on demand virtual events to address every aspect of today’s evolving IT market. For more information, please visit: http://www.xchange-events.com/

UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

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

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

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

 

THE 2012 NECA SHOW was POWERFUL

With attendance up and a much more expansive program The NECA SHOW in Las Vegas was an unqualified success. There was something for everyone.

The NECA SHOW was the best ever… The program, the location, the education, the exhibits, and the opportunities driven by new technology made this event  the BEST and Largest Electrical Construction Industry Trade Show…and next year in DC will be even better.

www.necaconvention.org

The show was big but not too big for the attendees to take it all in. This was a top-notch value for everyone who was there. The outlook seemed much better than we have seen in the past 4 years. The show organizers excitedly told us of the plans to add even more value for the industry’s show in the next 12 months. www.necashow.org

The electrical contractors have seized the opportunity to incorporate integrated systems installation and development across the entire spectrum of the projects and day to day needs of their customers. The manufacturers and distributors seem anxious to educate and participate in the convergence movement. www.necanet.org

A COMPELLING EXPANSION

Look for many new faces in the exhibit hall next year, as those IT and telecommunications vendors join the security industry in recognizing the sweeping change as the EC continue to evolve into an integrated systems contractor. You can stay current with all the news in the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine in print and online. www.ecmag.com

The 2012 NECA Show, Day 1

Published 10/2/2012 10:33:04 AM


By Misty Byers, Editor, tED magazine

The 2012 NECA Show, which runs from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, kicked off Sunday morning with an opening general session.


NECA President Dennis Quebe addressed the audience and quickly got to his point: addressing three topics of major importance to NECA contractors:


  1. Construction Wireman/Construction Electrician (CW/CE) classifications ("This needs to be in every IEBW labor agreement NOW," said Quebe.)
  2. The labor agreement benefits package ("…and the burden it places on our ability to compete," noted Quebe.)
  3. The need to aggressively pursue new business ("I encourage all NECA contractors to hire a business development person for their company," urged Quebe.)

Following the introduction of 13 new fellows into the Academy of Electrical Contracting, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the primary hosts of MSNBC's weekday morning show "Morning Joe," took the stage to share their quick wit and insight on the state of national and global events with NECA conventioneers.

The show floor opened at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. For the first time, the NECA Show—the largest electrical construction industry trade show—is free to all electrical professionals (admission is limited to the NECA Show itself and does not include access to NECA Convention events, which are reserved for the association's members). Attendance to the NECA Show is reportedly up about 10% from 2011.

This year, the show floor features nearly 300 exhibitors. Over the three days of the NECA Show, in addition to highlights of educational offerings, I'll be providing a glimpse of some of the products being displayed. Here are a few that caught my eye as I roamed the floor on Sunday - Photo gallery: Products from Day 1 of NECA 2012

© 2012 The Electrical Distributor. All rights reserved.

The 2012 NECA Show, Day 2

Published 10/2/2012 11:10:04 AM

By Misty Byers, Editor, tED magazine

Education is the name of the game at the 2012 NECA Show, which runs from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Educational sessions at NECA 2012 are arranged in five tracks: management, electrical, safety, energy solutions, and line construction. Topics covered included: “Hype vs. Reality of LED Luminaire Lifetimes: What You Need to Know,” “Customer Side Smart Grid Installations—Preparing for the Future,” and “Implementing Lighting Management Technologies and Practices to Drive Building Efficiency.”

Related: Check out our NECA Show Day 1 report

In conversations with vendors on the show floor a common theme prevailed: the need for more product training for contractors. “Contractors are interested in and aware of LED technology,” said one lighting vendor “but so many lack true knowledge of the products that are available.” Likewise, a smart meter manufacturer noted how contractors learn how to install its products, but fall short when customers have questions about operating them. “Contractors can install the meter, but when the customer calls to ask how it works, they don’t have an answer. Distributors are key to bridging the knowledge gap.”

In short: now more than ever, contractors are looking to their channel partners for information and education. With that in mind, here are a few products from the show floor your customers might be interested in learning more about - Photo gallery: Products from Day 2 of NECA 2012

The 2012 NECA Show, Day 3

Published 10/3/2012 10:43:48 AM

By Misty Byers, Editor, tED magazine

The 2012 NECA Show, which ran from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, wrapped up on Tuesday. A morning closing general session outlined NECA's plan for the upcoming year.

Related: Check out reports from Day 1 and Day 2 of the 2012 NECA Show

John Grau, CEO of NECA, reminded attendees that the 2013 NECA Show will be held in Washington, D.C., but that the association will not be resting on its laurels over the next 12 months.

Related: Photo galleries from Day 1 and Day 2 of the 2012 NECA Show

"We plan to grow," noted Grau, explaining that plans for growth include the following areas:


  1. Membership. "We've seen our membership decline as the economy has forced companies to close their doors, but there is still a lot of opportunity out there to bring in new membership by reaching out to businesses that are not NECA members," noted Grau, adding that the association is employing a systematic approach to recruiting new memberships.
  1. Markets. "At both the national and charter levels NECA has engaged professionals to find and grow new markets," noted Grau.
  1. Labor force. The coming exodus of the Baby Boomer generation is threatening the entire electrical channel; according to Grau, one way NECA is working to help ensure that there will be qualified and talented new blood entering the electrical contracting profession is through "computer-based, interactive training for apprentice programs."
  1. Political clout. Tom Wolden, national chairman of NECA's PLC and ECPAC initiatives, took the stage to stress the importance of the industry making sure that its voice is being heard in Washington. "The 2012 election has the potential to be the most important election in our lifetime," Wolden noted, encouraging conventioneers to "take and active role with an active voice."
  1. Finally, to help "members grow as individuals and as companies," said Grau, NECA will hold its NECA Now 2013 Executive Leadership Meeting in April.

After the announcement of NECA's 2012 Award Winners, Dr. Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation and a key figure in the development of the personal spaceflight industry, took the stage to share stories of innovations that are changing the way we think, work, and educate future generations.

The final day on the NECA Show floor continued to impress with innovative and interesting product and technology offerings; here are just a few - Photo gallery: Products from Day 3 of NECA 2012

Reprinted with permission from tED magazine - © 2012 The Electrical Distributor. All rights reserved. www.tedmag.com

 

LANshack.com® Launches New Upgraded Website for Datacom Cabling Products

LANshack.com launches its 4th generation upgraded website with streamlined navigation and usability features to find, learn about and select datacom cabling products, generate quotes, and easily checkout.

Beachwood, NJ – October 2, 2012   LANshack.com, an online distributor of high quality datacom products - such as copper cabling hardware, fiber optic cable assemblies, tools and testers – has launched its 4th generation website with a fresh, contemporary look. The upgraded user-friendly site includes many new features to aid in the selection and purchase of network cabling infrastructure products, from streamlined navigation to expanded informational offerings, a quote generation system, and an easy checkout process.

“While serving customers on the Internet for 14 years, we at LANshack.com have listened to our customers’ needs and revamped our website accordingly,” states Tony Casazza, founder and President. “With this website redesign it is even easier for customers to find the best quality product for their project at an affordable price and there is now a system that quickly generates quotes for their convenience. Because we believe so strongly in the quality of our products, and to become interactive and transparent, we encourage customers to write product and customer service reviews for all to see,” continues Casazza. “To enhance LANshack.com as a one-stop-shop for everything cabling and connectivity we have expanded the tutorials and how-to videos of installation best practices and made our informative industry articles more visible.”

The new website includes the following features.

Navigation

A new product menu system with “buttons” helps users to find what they are looking for quickly and easily. These also make it easier to navigate the site on an iPhone or iPad.

Products

The product pages include better product descriptions and pictures, as well as more downloadable product specification sheets. Customers can now write product reviews and include testimonials about their customer service experience, allowing new users to have more information before making a purchase.

Quotes

An automatic Quote Generating System enables users to quickly generate their own price quotes that include shipping costs. It is not even necessary to register in order to do this. The new system generates a unique quote number that allows the user to save their quotes and then place that order automatically.

Informational offerings

New tutorials and how-to videos are now easy to find on the home page. This section includes tutorials on fiber optics, Cat5E/6E/6A cabling, designing your network, and Tech Tips by Tony. In addition, finding the latest news in the industry has become easier, with the ten new Industry News articles posted each week now more visible on the home page. These articles address issues and developments in the networking industry, and the latest news in networking infrastructure, cabling technology, and “Green IT”.

Special Programs

Information on special pricing for Government, Education, and Resellers, as well as special instructions for International customers, can be accessed from the home page.

All these value-added changes make LANshack.com an easy-to-use resource. More website features are in the planning stages and will be rolled out in the coming months. Visit the new website at www.lanshack.com. To obtain additional product information, call LANshack.com at 888-568-1230.

About LANshack.com

Founded in 1997, LANshack.com is an online distributor 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.

 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) highlights National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-14) on FPW.org

The NFPA along with Home Depot, Dominos and Kidde, have joined forces to help raise awareness of fire safety for the National Fire Prevention Week (FPW.) Retailers participating in a challenge to sell more smoke alarms and CO detectors, while educating customers, will benefit from FPW sponsors, Home Depot and Kidde, who have donated 50,000 10-year Lithium Ion alarms, worth a total of $1 million, to local fire departments across the United Stateswww.nfpa.org

Visit FPW.org to: Learn more about FPW, find helpful information on how to prevent fire emergencies, meet Sparky the Fire Dog, find fun facts about fire safety AND possibly win a free Dominos pizza, hand delivered by your local fire department! www.necanet.org

 

USGBC - Grammy Award-Winning Band Train to Headline Greenbuild Celebration in San Francisco

Performance at historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium will celebrate green building movement

San Francisco, Calif. - (Sept. 21, 2012) - Three-time Grammy Award-winning band, Train, will perform before thousands of green building professionals and community members at the upcoming Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Greenbuild, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, will take place Nov. 14-16 in San Francisco, Calif.

 

"Train is the perfect fit for Greenbuild 2012. Not only does the band capture the energy of our movement - but as San Francisco locals, they represent the flavor of our Greenbuild host city," said Kimberly Lewis, Senior Vice President, Community Advancement, Conferences and Events, USGBC. "We are ecstatic to celebrate green building with the talented members of Train."

 

"It's important for us to reduce our impact on the planet, and something we strive to do on tour and in our everyday lives," said Train's lead singer, Pat Monahan. "We really look forward to celebrating sustainability in our home city at Greenbuild."

 

The concert will take place the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15 at San Francisco's City Hall and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, two of San Francisco's most renowned buildings, during the Greenbuild Celebration, sponsored by Kohler.

 

Since forming in San Francisco in 1994, Train has made music history with their Grammy-Award winning song "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" and top singles including "Meet Virginia," "Calling All Angels" and "Hey, Soul Sister." Their current and sixth album is "California 37."

 

Throughout their 16-year career, Train has traveled the world on tour, remaining conscious of their footprint and showing leadership in their effort to reduce their environmental impact. During their 2011 North American summer tour with band Maroon 5, last year's headlining act at Greenbuild in Toronto, Train and their stage crew filled reusable water bottles at backstage water stations, coordinated with local farmers to eat locally grown and organic food, and swapped paper and plastic catering products for biodegradable and recyclable alternatives, among other environmental initiatives.

Greenbuild is our industry's annual revitalization and the single place the green building community gathers to find inspiration, harness education, and conduct business year after year. The event has grown from 4,000 attendees in 2002 to more than 28,000 in recent years, convening global leaders in sustainability and the built environment from more than 122 countries.

 

The 2012 show will celebrate bringing technology and sustainability together in the global green movement, featuring three days of networking, educational sessions, green building tours, master speakers and plenary events. This year's expo hall will be the biggest in Greenbuild's 11-year history, with three floors and more than 1,000 exhibitors and 2,000 booths featuring the latest technological innovations and cutting edge products.

 

For more information on Greenbuild 2012, visit greenbuildexpo.org, follow Greenbuild on Facebook and Twitter, and tweet hashtag #Greenbuild to join the conversation.

 

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and follow us on Twitter @USGBC , and Facebook at facebook.com/USGBC.

 

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 four-time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and the 2012 show will be held on Nov. 14-16, in San Francisco, Calif. Last year's conference in Toronto, Ontario, drew more than 23,000 attendees and featured a sold out exhibit hall floor with more than 1,700 exhibit booths. For more information, visit greenbuildexpo.org and follow us on Twitter @Greenbuild, and Facebook at facebook.com/Greenbuild.

 

The Light Brigade® Launches Online Training Program


First comprehensive e-learning training course prepares technicians, engineers and planners for FTTH Council's Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) certification

Tukwila, WA – October 8, 2012
The Light Brigade, the education and training division of AFL, has launched an online fiber optic training program. The first of several planned training courses supports the Fiber to the Home Council's Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) program. This online e-learning course walks the student through a series of interactive modules as well as a practice exam. Upon completion of the e-learning program, the student will have the necessary knowledge and practical application experience to successfully complete the CFHP certification exam available on the Fiber to the Home Council's website.

"The Light Brigade has a 25-year history of providing outstanding fiber optic training largely in a classroom setting. During development, the goal for our e-learning program was to provide effective and engaging instruction via a different platform. We believe that our CFHP instruction program meets this need while offering a new avenue for training," commented Dario De Paolis, vice president and general manager.

The CFHP program is ideal for remote and international students, providing valuable training without the expense or inconvenience of travel. While this class will not take the place of the personal interaction available in instructor-led training classes, it supplies an organized, interesting and interactive means for learning key technical material.

The comprehensive e-learning course covers the following topics:

- Bandwidth and economic issues

- Fiber-to-the-Building

- Basic fiber optic theory

- FTTH architectures and topologies

- Network components

- Fiber and cable management

- Termination options

- Network design

- Loss budgeting

- Test equipment & procedures

A  preview of the Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional Online Course is available on YouTube.

For additional information on The Light Brigade, visit www.lightbrigade.com, email sales@lightbrigade.com or call 1 (800) 451-7128 or 1 (206) 575-0404.

About The Light Brigade
Since 1987, The Light Brigade has instructed 43,000 attendees in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and CDs.

 

Barry University Leverages ShoreTel Mobility Technology for Enriched Communication

Fixed-mobile convergence solution improves faculty and staff productivity

ShoreTel®(SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, today announced that Barry University, a private Catholic university located outside of Miami, Fla., has extended its campus phone system using AT&T Dual-Mode Mobile Voice, which is based on ShoreTel Mobility.

The university installed AT&T Dual-Mode Mobile Voice (DMMV), a fixed-mobile convergence solution. Provided by AT&T and ShoreTel, DMMV works with Barry University’s existing Avaya IP PBX and the campus-wide Wi-Fi network. DMMV enables Wi-Fi calling by connecting these devices to the university’s Wi-Fi network, replacing per-minute cellular calling charges. Now with the ability to access calls by smartphone, faculty and staff can take advantage of the university’s PBX features such as conference calling, directory lookup and extension dialing, no matter where they are located.

Prior the deployment of ShoreTel Mobility technology, Barry University’s Information Technology staff often felt the need to use their personal mobile devices for work-related issues when out of the office, which many times meant that users needed to know two numbers for the staff person – an office extension and cell phone. While Barry provides a stipend to cover a portion of these employees’ cellular bills, long support calls over their cell phone had the potential of exceeding monthly minute allocations, thereby increasing costs for both employees and the enterprise. With the ShoreTel solution now in place, IT staff can maintain a single contact number, their published office extension, while simultaneously avoiding cellular telephony overages.

“Now students can call the extension and the support person will receive the call, regardless of where they are,” explained Hernan Londono, associate chief information officer, Barry University. “It’s more convenient for everyone; students get through and staff can respond without rearranging their schedules. With DMMV, smartphones connect to the same Voice over IP (VoIP) network as our phone system, so our staff can provide support without having to worry about whether or not they’re over their cellular minutes.”

“Educational institutions all share a need for advanced, reliable communications systems. Not only must students, staff, parents, and teachers regularly communicate to share critical news and updates, but they must often do so from mobile devices, remote locations, or extended campuses, as is the case with Barry University,” said Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer, ShoreTel. “We’re happy to be part of Barry University’s mission to provide students with ‘highly personalized attention from dedicated professors.’”

Barry University offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in disciplines ranging from science, business and law to arts, education and social work. The school serves a diverse population of 8,500 students and employs 2,100 faculty and staff. From its main campus in Miami Shores, Barry extends its reach through satellite programs located throughout Florida and in the Caribbean.

Related Links & Conversation

About ShoreTel

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

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

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

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

 

BOMA 360 Performance Program Expands in the Third Quarter of 2012

Nearly 500 Buildings Now Boast the BOMA 360 Designation

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 27, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International conferred the BOMA 360 Performance Program® designation upon properties representing major commercial real estate markets across the U.S., including Boston, Mass., Dallas, Texas, San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, D.C. in the third quarter of 2012.

The BOMA 360 Performance Program evaluates commercial 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.  Since the program’s inception in 2009, nearly 500 commercial properties demonstrating best practices in these areas have earned the prestigious BOMA 360 label.

Earning a BOMA 360 designation offers buildings tangible results, measured through higher tenant retention and satisfaction scores, higher rental rates and documented operations and management savings and efficiencies as reported in designee surveys and by Kingsley Associates and CoStar.

“BOMA 360 building owners and managers frequently tell us that the designation gives them a real edge in the competitive commercial real estate market,” commented BOMA International Chair Joe Markling, managing director of Strategic Accounts with CBRE.  “Not only does the BOMA 360 designation help them demonstrate to tenants and prospective leaseholders that the property meets the highest standards of excellence, but it also positions them as market leaders and innovators.”

The new class of BOMA 360 buildings includes:

100 First Plaza

San Francisco, Calif.

Owned by: Kilroy Realty L.P.

Managed by: Kilroy Realty Corporation

1001 Perimeter Summit

Atlanta, Ga.

Owned by: 20 Perimeter Summit LLC

Managed by: Seven Oaks Management, LLC

 

1090 Vermont Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C.

Owned by: 1090 Vermont Avenue NW Associates LP

Managed by: Akridge

 

1200 K Street, NW

Washington, D.C.

Owned by: Brookfield Office Properties

Managed by: 1200 K Street I Co. LLC & 1200 K Street II Co. LLC

 

1707 L Street

Washington, D.C.

Owned by: Tower Companies

Managed by: Tower Companies

 

175 Federal Street

Boston, Mass.

Owned by: Equity Office Properties   

Managed by: Equity Office Properties

 

2000 Alameda

San Mateo, Calif.

Owned by: Hines REIT

Managed by: Hines Interests LP

 

21 Custom House

Boston, Mass.

Owned by: Aman Inc.

Managed by: Jones Lang LaSalle

 

28 State Street

Boston, Mass.

Owned by: Equity Office Properties   

Managed by: Equity Office Properties

 

525 Market Street

San Francisco, Calif.

Owned by: Knickerbocker Properties XXXIII Inc.

Managed by: Cushman & Wakefield of CA

 

567 West Lake Street

Chicago, Ill.

Owned by: The Chicago Transit Authority

Managed by: Transwestern

 

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Washington, D.C.

Owned by: AAAS

Managed by: Akridge

 

Brookhollow Central III

Houston, Texas

Owned by: Parmenter Brookhollow, LLC

Managed by: Parmenter Realty Partners, LP

 

Gateway Tower

Dallas, Texas

Owned by: Hartman 1960 Properties, LLC

Managed by: Hartman Income REIT Management, LLC

 

Key Center

Bellevue, Wash.

Owned by: Kilroy Realty Corporation

Managed by: Kilroy Realty Corporation

 

Loop Central

Houston, Texas

Owned by: IPC Loop Central, LP

Managed by: Behringer Harvard

 

MRI Waterview

Arlington, Va.

Owned by: MRI Waterview    

Managed by: Paramount Group, Inc.

 

One Boston Place

Boston, Mass.

Owned by: TIAA-CREF

Managed by: CBRE-NE

 

One Deerfield Centre

Alpharetta, Ga.

Owned by: 13560 Morris Road Office Investors, LLC           

Managed by: Jones Lang LaSalle

 

One Financial Center

Boston, Mass.

Owned by: Dewey Square Tower Associates, LLC

Managed by: Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

 

One Metro Center

Washington, D.C.

Owned by: Clarion Partners

Managed by: Akridge

 

One North Wacker Drive

Chicago, Ill.

Owned by: Hines One North Wacker LP

Managed by: Hines

 

One Park Square

Miami, Fla.

Owned by: New Boston Shoma Park Square, LLC

Managed by: New Boston Management Services

 

Plaza I

Princeton, N.J.

Owned by: Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

 

Plaza II

Princeton, N.J.

Owned by: Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

 

Plaza III

Princeton, N.J.

Owned by: Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

 

Plaza IV

Princeton, N.J.

Owned by: Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

 

Society for Neuroscience

Washington, D.C.

Owned by: Society for Neuroscience

Managed by: Akridge

 

The Homer Building

Washington, D.C.

Owned by: 601 Thirteenth Street Associates, LP

Managed by: Akridge

 

The Lenox Building

Atlanta, Ga.

Owned by: Parmenter Realty Partners

Managed by: Parmenter Realty Partners, LP

 

The Mills Building

Washington, D.C.

Owned by: The Mills Building Associates, LLC

Managed by: Akridge

 

The Tower Building

Rockville, Md.

Owned by: Tower Companies

Managed by: Tower Companies

 

Three Bethesda Metro Center

Bethesda, Md.

Owned by: Parmenter Brookhollow, LLC

Managed by: Parmenter Realty Partners, LP

 

Trammell Crow Center

Dallas, Texas

Owned by: Crescent Ross Avenue Investors, LLC

Managed by: Stream Realty Partners, LP

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.

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. Find BOMA online at www.boma.org.

 

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Announces New Platinum Training Partner: Lutron

Coopersburg, PA (September 18, 2012) – Light control manufacturer Lutron Electronics is pleased to announce its partnership with the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), a joint program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). With this announcement, Lutron joins the NJATC, one of the largest apprenticeship and training programs of its kind, in supporting a long-term commitment to education and training of the next generation of electrical workers.

As a platinum NJATC training partner, Lutron’s sponsorship includes:

·         support for development of a blended-learning light control curriculum

·         creation of an energy-focused training program called the Lutron Academy for Energy-Saving Light Control that will educate the electrical contracting industry on new business opportunities

·         equipment donations, training materials and presentations

·         scholarships and awards

·         instructional design support with access to Lutron subject matter experts

·         serving as event hosts at Lutron offices and experience centers across the United States and Canada

The finest electrical workers in the country receive their training through local joint apprenticeship training committees utilizing the standardized education programs developed by the NJATC for the electrical industry. The NJATC is a model education partnership which produces the best-trained, most up-to-date electrical apprentices and journeymen in the country.

The Lutron-support, blended-learning curriculum will include:

  • light sources and light control basics
  • sensing technologies and application
  • window systems
  • digital ballasts and LEDs
  • building control system integration and technologies

“Lutron is proud to partner with the NJATC in support of the development of future electrical workers” said Tom Ike, Vice President Global Sales, Lutron Electronics. “We’re passionate about education and welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge and resources with this community.”

About Lutron Electronics (www.lutron.com)
Lutron Electronics, headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, designs and manufactures energy-saving light controls, automated window treatments and appliance modules for both residential and commercial applications. Its innovative, intuitive products can be used to control everything from a single light, to every light, shade and even stand-by power in a home or commercial building. Lutron products make any space more versatile, while enhancing ambiance, comfort and productivity. They also save energy and make light bulbs last longer, making them an eco-friendly addition to the home and workplace. Founded in 1961, Lutron estimates that the installed base of its products saves the nation nearly 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year. Lutron manufactures more than 16,000 energy-saving products, sold in more than 100 countries around the world.

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

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

About The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

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

 

Brady introduces the new BBP®33 Label Printer - “A cable without a label isn’t just stupid, it’s insane”

Label maker offers quick supply changeovers, no calibration, no wasted labels

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (October 1, 2012) Brady, a leading manufacturer for printing systems and materials, announced today the launch of the BBP®33 industrial label printer. Brady’s new printing system is the first industrial printer in the market to feature foolproof “drop-in” supplies that allows users to perform a complete supply changeover in less than 20 seconds, with no adjustments or calibrations and no wasted labels.

Designed to make label making faster and easier, the new industrial printer also helps users save costs and improve productivity by eliminating wasted blank labels by printing on the first label. 

“The BBP33 printer is so easy-to-use that it will help users eliminate tedious, time-consuming setups, difficult-to-load materials and wasteful calibrations” says Matt Luger, senior product marketing manager for printing systems. “This printer was designed to help improve productivity and reduce costs.”

Printing on over 500 label parts and 39 different materials, the BBP®33 Label Maker prints for a variety of labeling applications including wire and cable labels, panel labels, heat-shrink sleeves, rating plates, circuit board labels, component labels, laboratory labels, safety and arc flash labels, GHS labels, lean 5S labels, pipe markers and more.  

The BBP®33 printer is also compatible with Brady’s software programs, including Markware™ software, LabelMark™ software and CodeSoft™ labeling software.  These label software programs allow label creation, symbol and data importation, as well as contain applications for industry specific labeling needs, such as GHS CLP labels, arc flash, wire marking, pipe marking, tagging and bar codes.

To learn more about Brady’s BBP®33 printer, visit www.BradyID.com/BBP33. For more information on Brady’s complete line of printers and label products, visit www.BradyID.com. In Canada, visit www.BradyCanada.ca

About Brady:

Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people.  Its products include high-performance labels and signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, and precision die-cut materials. Founded in 1914, the company has millions of customers in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical and a variety of other industries.  Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee and employs 6,600 people at operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Brady’s fiscal 2011 sales were approximately $1.3 billion.  More information about Brady Corporation is available at www.bradycorp.com.

 

BOMA Releases New ANSI-Approved Mixed-Use Standard

Updated Standard Simplifies the Measuring of Complex Mixed-Use Properties

(WASHINGTON – October 9, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International announces the release of the revised Mixed-Use Properties: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA-Z65.6-2012), which assists property professionals in accurately measuring for the floor area in mixed-use properties.  This most recent version has received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

These methods for measuring floor area are intended for mixed-use properties, which bring together two or more use components—including, but not limited to, office, retail, industrial, residential, institutional, civic and hospitality —in a planned integration.  A mixed-use property tends to be more than simply the sum of its parts and can present property managers, developers, design professionals and others in the real estate industry with unique challenges when accounting for space, defining boundaries and allocating common areas.  BOMA’s new Mixed-Use Standard addresses these challenges, guiding property professionals from the proper application of pre-existing governing documents to the allocation of mixed-use common areas (MUCAs).  The publication also features helpful charts and worksheets to help users apply these standards properly.

“Mixed-use properties have become the norm rather than the exception, as businesses, developers and communities recognize the opportunity to maximize space and provide density in a smart and efficient manner,” explained publication author Bill Tracy, AIA, MBA, principal metrologist for Building Area Measurement, LLC and vice chair of BOMA International’s Standard Method of Floor Measurement Committee.  “This Mixed-Use Standard provides property professionals with the tools necessary to understand these dynamics and properly manage these complex properties.  It is a comprehensive resource unrivaled by any on the market today.”

BOMA’s revised Mixed-Use Standard enables the reader to:

·         Classify the floor areas of a mixed-use property by use components, parking components and common areas.

·         Measure the exterior gross areas for office, industrial, retail and multi-unit residential components, for which rentable area, gross leasable areas or unit areas are individually measurable using measurement standards published by BOMA.

·         Measure the exterior gross areas for components that BOMA does not publish specific measurement standards for, such as hotels, theaters, institutional and civic uses.

·         Measure the exterior gross areas of mixed-use common areas and fairly allocate those areas among all use components and parking components within a mixed-use property.

“For the past 100 years, BOMA International has set the standard for building measurement,” said BOMA International Chair Joe Markling, managing director of Strategic Accounts with CBRE.  “We are proud to add this ANSI-approved Mixed-Use Standard to our already extensive collection of area measurement standards.”

Presented in an e-book format, BOMA’s new Mixed-Use Standard provides property professionals with the most up-to-date guide on mixed-use property measurement.  The Mixed-Use Standard is built upon a foundation of the five other BOMA Standards—the BOMA Office Standard, the BOMA Industrial Standard, the BOMA Multi-Unit Residential Standard, the BOMA Retail Standard and the BOMA Gross Area Standard—and is intended for use in conjunction with the BOMA Standards that are applicable to the particular components of a specific property.

Learn more about this and other BOMA Standards here.

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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. Find BOMA online at www.boma.org.

 

ShoreTel Receives 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence and TMC Labs Innovation Awards

ShoreTel UC Solution and ShoreTel Sky honored for delivering exceptional IP communications solutions; ShoreTel 13 honored for innovation

ShoreTel®(SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the ShoreTel UC solution and ShoreTel Sky as recipients of the 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. Additionally, ShoreTel 13 has been named as a 2012 TMC Labs Innovation Award winner presented by TMC’s CUSTOMER magazine.

ShoreTel’s UC solution leverages the power of IP communications to bring multimedia communications, enterprise applications, and personal information into one seamless and integrated environment. The ShoreTel system continues to put ease-of-use and ease of administration first. ShoreTel 13 introduced instant message capability for Communicator with Personal Access – giving every ShoreTel user access to IM. And in keeping with the brilliantly simple approach, enterprises can leverage standard-based IM servers such as ShoreTel XMPP IM server or protect existing investments in already-installed technologies, such Microsoft Lync.

ShoreTel Sky, the subscription-based hosted UC service, gives customers the flexibility to deploy the communications solution that meets their immediate needs with little-to-no capital investment and no drain on IT resources, yet maintaining the ability to scale and grow.

The 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award winners are published in the September 2012 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine; the TMC Labs 2012 Innovation Award highlights are published in the September 2012 issue of TMC’s CUSTOMER magazine.

Quotes

“We are thrilled that TMC has recognized that ShoreTel solutions are ideal for the new dynamic reality of a business today – the normal strain on IT resources is greatly reduced, and users enjoy a highly effective communications solution that drives team productivity.”

- Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer, ShoreTel

“ShoreTel has been recognized with 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Awards for proving its dedication and excellence in advancing IP communications. And they have proven that ShoreTel 13 is truly innovative and has made advancements in the customer experience industry."

- Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC

“The editors of INTERNET TELEPHONY were pleased to grant ShoreTel the INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Awards for its innovation in IP communications. ShoreTel Sky has demonstrated outstanding quality and delivered exceptional solutions for its customers.”

- Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director of INTERNET TELEPHONY

Congratulations to ShoreTel for being granted a 2012 TMC Labs Innovation Award. ShoreTel 13 has been selected for demonstrating innovation, superior quality and unique features.”

- Tom Keating, CTO and TMC Labs Editorial Director

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About ShoreTel

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

About INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine

INTERNET TELEPHONY has been the IP Communications Authority since 1998™. Beginning with the first issue in February of 1998, INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine has been providing unbiased views of the complicated converged communications space. INTERNET TELEPHONY offers rich content from solutions-focused editorial content to reviews on products and services from TMC Labs. INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine reaches more than 225,000 readers, including pass-along readers. For more information, please visit www.itmag.com.

TMC’s CUSTOMER Magazine

TMC’s CUSTOMER magazine premiered in September 2012 and has become the industry’s new, definitive source for news, product information, and strategies for communications that engage customers and potential customers. CUSTOMER’s tag line “Target. Engage. Deliver.” sums up what businesses must do to attract new customers and keep existing customers and will be the primary focus of the magazine.

Each issue of CUSTOMER includes news and insights on the latest developments in agent training, analytics and big data, ERP, IVR and self service, multi-channel call center, social CRM and other social media solutions, marketing campaign creation, mobile apps, outbound marketing, workforce management, and more. Please visit CUSTOMER.TMCnet.com for more information.

About TMC

TMC is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a global, integrated media company that helps clients build communities in print, in person, and online. TMC publishes the TMC’s CUSTOMER Magazine (formerly Customer Interaction Solutions), INTERNET TELEPHONY, Next Gen Mobility, and Cloud Computing magazines. TMCnet.com, which is read by 1.5 million unique visitors each month, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMC is the producer of ITEXPO, the world’s leading B2B communications event. In addition, TMC runs multiple industry events: Cloud Communications Expo; Cloud4SMB Expo; CVx (ChannelVision Expo); DevCon5; HTML5 Summit; LatinComm Conference & Expo; M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Mobility Tech Conference & Expo; MSPAlliance MSPWorld; StartupCamp; Video World Conference & Expo and more. For more information about TMC, visit www.tmcnet.com.

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

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

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

 

BOMA Joins Industry Groups to Launch Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign

LEEP Campaign Aims for 100 Sq. Ft. of Parking Space to Use One-Third Less Energy

(WASHINGTON – September 28, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International launched the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign this week to encourage commercial building owners and managers and parking garage/lot owners and managers to save energy and money by using high-efficiency lighting technology in parking lots and structures. BOMA is launching the campaign in conjunction with the International Facilities Management Association and the Green Parking Council. The Department of Energy is the campaign’s technical advisor.

Participating building owners and managers agree to evaluate their portfolio to identify potential parking lots or parking structures that can apply high-efficiency lighting technology, and to use high-efficiency lighting where feasible and cost-effective. Both retrofit and new construction projects are eligible to participate in the campaign. 

Existing sites that have been built or retrofitted with high-efficiency technology are also eligible to participate in the campaign, if they were built or retrofitted after January 2010.

LEEP’s goal is to have 100 million square feet of parking structure or lot space to use roughly one-third less energy than ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010. Based on estimates, these energy savings equal more than 51 million kilowatt-hours, which is equal to the annual electricity use of almost 4,500 homes or the annual greenhouse gas emissions from almost 7,000 passenger vehicles.

“Tremendous progress has been made in recent years on the quality and cost-effectiveness of LED lighting and other technologies,” remarked BOMA International Chair Joseph W. Markling, managing director of Strategic Accounts at CBRE. “There has never been a better time to retrofit parking lots and structures as state-of-the-art lighting technologies can last two-to-five times longer than traditional outdoor lights. Additionally, these systems pay for themselves quickly by cutting energy costs by up to 70 percent and maintenance costs by up to 90 percent.”

The LEEP Campaign website, www.leepcampaign.org, gives interested organizations information on technical and financial assistance, as well as case studies, rebates and incentives. Organizations that join LEEP will be recognized on the campaign website for their participation. Projects with notable energy savings will receive awards from the LEEP campaign and will be profiled on the site. The deadline for submitting project information is November 30, 2013. Results and awards will be announced on February 2014.

LEEP’s supporting partners include the Commercial Buildings Consortium, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, regional efficiency organizations, such as the South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, and electric utilities, like San Diego Gas & Electric.  These supporters are committed to promoting the campaign to their members and service areas.  Other organizations are encouraged to sign up as supporters, and help spread the word about the LEEP campaign opportunity with others.

To join LEEP or to read more details on the campaign, visit www.leepcampaign.org

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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. Find BOMA online at www.boma.org.

 

Brady launches seven new label brands for easy performance identification

New lines help with choosing the right label materials for the job

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (September 26, 2012) — Brady announced today the launch of seven new brands of labels that are geared toward applications where high performance, durability, industry compliance, and adherence to specifications are requirements.  The new product lines include Brady’s most popular label materials, which are grouped by their specific performance features –making it easier for customers to choose the product best suited for their application needs.

The brands include:

·         WorkHorse™ Series Harsh Environment Labels

·         MetaLabel™ Series Metalized Labels

·         ToughBond™ Series Aggressive Adhesive Labels

·         Defender™ Series Tamper Evident Labels

·         UltraTemp™ Series High Heat Labels

·         CleanLift™ Series Removable Labels

·         VisAlert™ Series Indicating Labels

In addition to launching the brands, Brady is also implementing a series of icons to provide customers with at-a-glance information on performance attributes for each of the label materials.  Chemical, abrasion, temperature, and indicating features are among the 13 different icons.  The label materials brochure can be downloaded to learn more about the brands and accompanying performance icons.

“The new brands really display the breadth and depth of label material offerings Brady has so our customer can pick the right product for any labeling need,” said Dana Ray, marketing manager at Brady.  “We determined that organizing these products into easy-to-shop brands would help create an unrivaled buying experience, which is what we always strive for.”  

Brady launched the separate brand categories based on customer feedback that spoke of a need for innovative solutions to challenges faced during product identification and tracking. The company’s Tobey Research Center, which is staffed by nearly a dozen PhD holders, continuously works to develop and perfect these cutting-edge solutions.   Currently, Brady holds 20 material patents, with 16 more pending – leaving room for potential label brand expansion. 

For more information:

To learn more about Brady’s new label material brands, visit www.BradyID.com. For more information on Brady’s complete line of products and offerings, visit www.BradyID.com. In Canada, visit www.BradyCanada.ca

About Brady:

Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people.  Its products include high-performance labels and signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, and precision die-cut materials. Founded in 1914, the company has millions of customers in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical and a variety of other industries.  Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee and employs 6,600 people at operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Brady’s fiscal 2011 sales were approximately $1.3 billion.  More information about Brady Corporation is available at www.bradycorp.com.

 

INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE:  CLOUDS FOR COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE – Article by

 James Carlini

If they plan to remain viable in today’s markets, now is the time for real estate firms to make some dramatic changes by offering intelligent amenities in their commercial properties.

How do we prop up our dying shopping center?

How do we develop and maintain more business for our stadium?

How do we raise our commercial properties’ occupancy from 45% to 85%?

These questions are being asked more and more in the commercial real estate industry as the economy remains in a slump in many locations.  Many executives are baffled because their usual management techniques are not working.  In addition, assessments and property appraisals that overlook or discount technology within the property’s infrastructure are inadequate at best, and totally erroneous at worse.

A downtown office building appraises out at $230,000,000 and the buyer thinks they are getting a deal.  They find out later that the building is technologically obsolete and in order to attract new corporate tenants, they need to do a $50,000,000 upgrade to the network infrastructure supporting the building.  All of a sudden, that “great deal” will be lucky to break even in the first fifteen years.

Real estate executives have to understand they need to add broadband technology to their buildings in order to attract and maintain 21st century tenants.

THE GAME HAS CHANGED

They don’t understand that the game has changed and there are new variables to contend with.  What worked in the 1990s is not going to work today.  People are not just buying space, they are also buying amenities – intelligent amenities that include broadband access for Smartphones and other portable devices.

Traditional real estate executives better take some crash courses on applying network technologies to their different buildings and commercial centers if they want to become profitable again.  And if they are into planning some new commercial developments, Master Planning must include Power and Network infrastructure upfront before prospective tenants sign up.  This applies to individual buildings as well as next-generation business campuses.

Just as you wouldn’t lease in a building that doesn’t offer elevators, potential tenants are not as attracted to buildings that don’t offer support for high-speed clouds and Smartphones.  In the last several years, corporate site selection committees have made “broadband connectivity” one of the top three selection criteria.

As I said in an earlier article:

20th century solutions do not solve 21st century challenges, yet graduate real estate curricula are targeted to the 1950s at best with their worn strategies, or the 1850s if they are really lagging behind.

It is not enough to know real estate, technology or infrastructure issues.  The real skill set is knowing how all these concepts and individual areas converge together. 

WHAT IS THE SMART MONEY DOING?

The smart money in real estate is looking into building network infrastructures into the fabric of their venues.  Those who do will be way ahead of their competition.

Smartphones are not going away.  If you do not plan to accommodate Smartphones as well as other wireless devices your buildings will be deemed technologically obsolete. 

Cutting the lease price per square foot will not remedy the shortcoming.  That approach is so 20th century.

CARLINI-ISM :  “Real estate executives need to understand the impact of clouds on their tenant base.”

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

Copyright 2012 – James Carlini

 

COPsync Announces VidTac, Most Powerful In-Car Video System in Law Enforcement Market

DALLAS, September 19, 2012 – COPsync, Inc., which operates the nation's largest law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network, today announced VidTac™, an in-car video system for law enforcement. This system offers true High Definition 1080p video, which is double the image quality of current High Definition systems, at a much lower price.

The software-driven system uses the power of existing in-car computers and eliminates the need for a separate DVR (digital video recorder). Its ultra-compact twin-lens camera system not only doubles the image resolution quality but also the effective visual range of both video and still images. By eliminating the need for a DVR, COPsync can offer VidTac for about half the price of other systems on the market.

VidTac is the only system in the law enforcement in-car video market that simultaneously captures both full-motion HD video and high-resolution five megapixel still images. At 1080p, it records more than 10 times the image detail of standard resolution analog cameras.

COPsync will publicly demonstrate VidTac at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in San Diego September 30 through October 2.

"This is the most powerful law enforcement camera on the planet," said Ronald A. Woessner, Chief Executive Officer of COPsync. "Most in-car cameras can't read a license plate clearly unless it is very close. VidTac delivers a clear plate image at 50 feet with 1080p video and as far away as 75 feet with the five megapixel still camera. The VidTac system is the lowest price, high-end system in the market, and will be the system of choice for every law enforcement agency in the United States."

VidTac's unique software approach turns the existing in-car computer into a DVR without interrupting other programs. That is in contrast to other camera systems, which require a costly DVR for all video recording, processing, and storage.

The VidTac camera itself is just 15 cubic inches (3 by 2.5 by 2 inches), with a 10x electronic zoom. While it does deliver 1080p HD video, it can also be set to lower resolutions such as 720p and 480p. 

COPsync's VidTac system offers features such as an on-board GPS and accelerometer, built-in location tracking and crash detection, and configurable backup memory. Its evidence file size control feature allows the volume of data stored to be adjusted by dialing down the data rate and blending video with high-quality still images. VidTac's redundancy records and stores more than 100 hours of evidentiary video, depending on the selected data rate.

COPsync is currently seeking additional resellers and distributors for VidTac and is currently accepting VidTac orders for October delivery.

About COPsync

COPsync, Inc. (OTCQB: COYN) operates the largest law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network in the U.S. The COPsync network enables officers to report and share critical data and collect for outstanding Texas Class C misdemeanor warrants in real-time at the point of incident. Officers are also able to obtain instant access to local, state and federal law enforcement databases. The COPsync system also eliminates manual processes and increases officer productivity by enabling officers to electronically write tickets, accident reports, DUI forms, arrest forms and incident and offense reports. Use of the system saves lives, reduces unsolved crimes and assists in apprehending criminals and interdicting criminal behavior -- through such features as a nationwide officer safety alert system, GPS/auto vehicle location and distance-based alerts for crimes in progress, such as child abductions, bank robberies and police pursuits. COPsync also sells VidTac,™ an in-vehicle, software-driven video system for law enforcement. For more information, visit www.copsync.com.

 

Craig Consulting Training Center -BICSI Training Schedule - Sept. thru Dec. 2012

Dates                                                 Class

SEPTEMBER

9/24 – 9/27                                     BICSI DD 200                                  

 

OCTOBER

10/01 – 10/05                                ITS Copper               (IN 225)

10/15 – 10/19                                ITS Technician         (TE 350)

10/22 – 10/26                                ITS Fiber                    (IN 250)

 

NOVEMBER

10/29 – 11/02                                BICSI PM 110

11/12 – 11/16                                ITS Fiber                    (IN 250)

11/26 – 11/30                                ITS Copper               (IN 225)

 

DECEMBER

12/03 – 12/07                                ITS Fiber                    (IN 250)

12/09 – 12/14                                BICSI DD102                                                           

12/17 – 12/21                                ITS Copper               (IN 225)

 

Note: Classes marked in RED are provided by BICSI Master Instructors. Contact BICSI direct @ 1-800-242-7405.

 

Schedule subject to change based upon Customer requests.

 

Craig Consulting Training Center

13370 Branch View Lane, Suite # 140

Dallas, Texas 75234

(972) 393-1669 Office

(972) 393-5735 Fax

www.craigconsultingservices.com

 

Electrical Contractor Magazine Names 2012 NECA Showstoppers - 20 Products Recognized for Ingenuity, Industry Excellence

BETHESDA, MD, October 5, 2012 Electrical Contractor magazine has honored 20 new products at the 2012 NECA Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. Judged by an independent panel of electrical contractors, the annual award program is designed to encourage innovative technology from manufacturers to help the $130B electrical community better meet demands for increased productivity, sustainability, and energy efficiency in today's construction industry.


           "The diverse product list of winners accurately reflects the increasing diversity of building systems designed, specified and installed by electrical contractors," said Electrical Contractor Publisher John Maisel. "The Showstopper Award program represents the best of the best in emerging technologies and performance, and we are proud to honor these companies," he said.
          The 2012 Showstoppers winners include:

1.       Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. — M12 Subcompact Band Saw

2.       Greenlee, A Textron Company — Battery-Powered Portable Hydraulic Punch

3.       DEWALT Industrial Tool Co. — Brushless Impact Driver

4.       GPS Insight — GPS Tracking/Navigation/Messaging Software

5.       ALL-TEST Pro, LLC — Motor Tester

6.       Ericson Manufacturing Co. — Explosion Proof E-Cart 2

7.       FLIR Systems, Inc. — Extech 2-in-1 Insulation Meter

8.       Fluke Corp. — Ti125 Industrial/Commercial Thermal Imager

9.       McCormick Systems, Inc. — McCormick Version 11 Software

10.   Southwire/Maxis — Maxis EMT Bending Station

11.   Leviton Mfg. Co., Inc. — Zipline Fluorescent Retrofit System

12.   XtraLight Manufacturing — LED High Bay Fixture

13.   Schneider Electric — Measurement and Verification Panel

14.   ConEst Software Systems — Job Trac Software

15.   Vision InfoSoft Corp. — Electric Bid Manager with Best Price Tool

16.   Cooper Wiring Devices — Commercial Grade USB Charger Receptacle

17.   EYE Lighting International — Kiaro LED Luminaires

18.   Accubid — Live Count Pro

19.   Legrand — Audible Alarm GFCI Receptacle

20.   CBM Electronic Lighting Co. — Commercial LED High-Bay Fixture Replacements

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

 

Fifth Public Comment Period Now Open for Update to USGBC's LEED Green Building Program

LEED v4 draft raises the bar, drives innovation; balances increased technical rigor with market readiness

Washington, DC - (Oct. 2, 2012) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced the opening of the fifth public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building program. The comment period, which will close on Dec. 10, enables the building community to view the most recent draft of the rating systems and provide comments where any substantive changes have been made.

"LEED v4 will have the greatest impact of any rating system we've developed by focusing on building performance and rewarding innovative product manufacturers who offer best in class products," said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, USGBC. "LEED v4 will help change the way project teams think, integrate, plan, execute and operate their buildings."

LEED v4 continues to push the envelope on energy efficiency, allocating nearly 20 percent of all points to optimizing energy performance over the stringent ASHRAE 90.1-2010, which would do more to help curb CO2 emissions than any LEED rating system in its 12 year history.

In addition to bringing green building solutions to more market sectors, including data centers, warehouses and distribution centers, hospitality, mid-rise residential, and existing schools and retail, the next version includes more options for projects outside of the U.S., making LEED the common language for sustainability around the globe.

The rating system has long championed innovation, and the LEED v4 draft further encourages innovative thinking and decision making about building materials and design. In this draft, using fewer, better materials will result in up to 9 LEED points, incentivizing product manufacturers that voluntarily report about their product makeup and those who reduce the negative impacts - from extraction of raw materials through the manufacturing process.

"Engaging people is at the core of the LEED development process, and this draft reflects the thoughtful comments and recommendations we've received from over 21,500 stakeholders," added Horst. "LEED v4 raises the expectations for what LEED project teams are being asked to deliver. We will launch the LEED v4 beta testing period in November which will provide an additional opportunity to explore the new program inside and out, and help refine support tools and resource."

When fully launched in 2013, LEED v4 will offer an improved user experience that will make the certification review and documentation process more intuitive and efficient. The simplified reporting requirements will be thoroughly refined and tested by the LEED v4 beta testing group - the first crop of projects to pursue LEED V4 certification. The beta process enables project teams to engage with a pre-ballot version of LEED v4 with guided support from USGBC.

USGBC's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, taking place Nov. 14-16 in San Francisco, Calif., will give users an additional opportunity to explore LEED v4, including the new technical content and credit language, while learning about the streamlined documentation requirements and submittal forms and the dynamic, mobile education resources being developed.

LEED v4 drafts and the public comment tool are now available on the newly re-launched, re-envisioned USGBC.org website, a platform that engages the green building community and supports an entire ecosystem of websites and apps. The new USGBC.org gives everyone the opportunity to build a rich history of involvement in the green building movement.

In an effort to provide the marketplace a view of the full LEED program experience prior to ballot, USGBC announced an expanded timeline for LEED v4 and committed to a fifth public comment period. Fifth public comment will run until Dec. 10. Ballot period is expected to open June 1, 2013.

Approximately 35 credits are included in the draft open for public comment, and have been revised in response to feedback from previous public comment periods to further improve clarity, increase flexibility and options for project teams, and removing unsuitable requirements from previous drafts.

To view the drafts of LEED v4 visit www.usgbc.org/leedv4.

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and follow us on Twitter @USGBC, Facebook at facebook.com/USGBC and LinkedIn.

LEED Green Building Program
LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 49,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 9.1 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 130 countries. In addition, more than 24,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 87,000 more homes registered.

By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn more at usgbc.org/LEED.

 

Small Telecom Providers Lead Continued Expansion of All-Fiber Networks

(DALLAS, TX) - The number of North American households connected directly into fiber networks has hit the 9 million mark, with small incumbent telephone companies continuing to lead the growth in fiber to the home deployments, according to the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas.

At the FTTH industry's annual conference in Dallas, the Council announced that FTTH services are now available to 21.3 million North American homes, an increase of more than 10 percent over the past six months.

 

"While large providers such as Verizon in the U.S., Bell and Bell Aliant in Canada and Telmex in Mexico continue to be very important, small providers such as rural telcos, real estate developers, small competitive providers and even rural electric coops are playing a key role in driving the expansion of fiber to the home," said Michael Render, President of RVA LLC, which tracks FTTH deployment for the Council.

 

In its analysis, RVA found that all but eight of nearly 880 FTTH service providers surveyed have fewer than 30,000 subscribers, with only five having more than 50,000 access lines and 97 percent of them having fewer than 10,000.  The most notable of the big FTTH providers is Verizon, which serves more than half of the FTTH households in North America.

 

"In addition, other large providers are growing in importance.  AT&T is increasing its deployment of FTTH in new developments, and the new Google Gigabit fiber deployment in Kansas City is now fully underway," said Render.

 

RVA found that there are now more than a half million households on the continent receiving Internet connectivity at or in excess of 100 megabits per second (mbps), and that tested throughput speeds among survey respondents found FTTH subscribers beginning to pull away from other access technologies in both download and upload capacity.  Median tested download speeds were above 20 mbps for FTTH subscribers, compared to less than 15 mbps for cable modem users, while FTTH upload speeds were over 9 mbps compared to about 3 mbps for cable.

 

"What we're finding in our surveys is that the advantages of having an all-fiber infrastructure are now starting to be experienced by subscribers in very real ways," said Heather Burnett Gold, President of the FTTH Council Americas.

 

Also discussed at the FTTH Conference were the results of the first comprehensive study on emerging FTTH deployment in Latin America, which found that all-fiber networks now pass 4.2 million homes in the region, with 350,000 homes connected.

 

The study, conducted for the FTTH Council Americas LATAM Chapter by the consulting firm IDATE, found that Mexico is the leading fiber to the home market, followed by Brazil, with Chile and Argentina also showing some promise as deployments get underway in those countries.

 

"We found that the main fiber architecture being deployed in Latin America is FTTH, as opposed to fiber to the building, and that GPON is the preferred technology - involving more than 80 percent of the deployments in both cases," said Roland Montagne, Director of the Telecoms Business Unit at IDATE. 


About the FTTH Council North America:

Now in its 11th 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. Its mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

HAI by Leviton Releases Omni LTe Home Control System

System offers affordable home control with remote access

Melville, New York, October 1, 2012 – HAI by Leviton announced today the launch of its new Omni LTe home control system. The system provides enhanced comfort, safety, convenience and energy savings by coordinating multiple subsystems including lighting, heating and air, security, audio/video, scenes and messaging. 

The Omni LTe system controls homes and businesses by schedule, motion detection, door openings, sunrise, sunset, alarm activation/deactivation and more. The system features an Ethernet port and may be controlled remotely from a PC, laptop, tablet, Smartphone or e-Reader, as well as onsite from in-wall or table-top touch screens. Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) devices.

“The HAI by Leviton Omni LTe provides users with a full spectrum of advanced automation for efficient and convenient home control,” explained Jay McLellan, President of HAI by Leviton. “The Omni LTe acts as the brain of automated buildings by coordinating all of the systems within a space to communicate with each other to enhance security, save money and add peace of mind.” 

Omni LTe controllers are CP-01 compliant and UL Listed residential security and fire systems, detecting intrusion, smoke and fire, carbon monoxide, water and other hazards with wired or wireless sensors. The Omni LTe can control up to 32 individual lighting loads, accommodate up to four access control readers and coordinate up to four thermostats. The system supports the following protocols and products: X-10, UPB, Omni-Bus, ZigBee, Vizia RF Z-Wave, Clipsal C-Bus, Dynalite, Coolmaster, KNX, HAI Hi-Fi and HAI Hi-Fi 2.

The HAI by Leviton Omni LTe is now available across all sales channels. Part numbers include 20A00-70, Omni LTe Controller in enclosure; 20A00-72, Omni LTe Controller for Structured Wiring Enclosures; and the 20A00-73, Omni LTe Board Only. The Omni LTe is available in 13 languages including English, Arabic (AR), Catalan (CAT), Simplified Chinese (CHS), Traditional Chinese (CHT), French (FR), German (GER), Hebrew (HE), Italian (IT), Portuguese (POR), Russian (RU), Latin American Spanish (SPA), and European Spanish (SPE).

A high resolution photo of the Omni LTe can be downloaded here:

http://www.homeauto.com/mediacenter/HaiPRImage.asp?image=OmniLTeOnBackplate.tif
A comparison chart of all HAI Omni home control systems is available here: http://www.homeauto.com/Downloads/Products/AutomationControllers/OmniLTe/OmniComparisonChart.pdf

About HAI by Leviton

HAI by Leviton creates integrated automation and security solutions for residential and commercial use. As a leader in home automation, HAI by Leviton offers a complete line of award-winning automation products, connecting all devices – from programmable communicating thermostats, smart light switches and distributed audio systems to video surveillance equipment and access control products – through touchscreen interfaces with VoIP and software that allows access and control of an automation system over the Internet or a smart phone. Learn more at www.homeauto.com, http://www.facebook.com/homeautomationinc, http://www.twitter.com/homeauto or http://www.youtube.com/homeautomationinc.

About Leviton

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

 

The IAQ - Indoor Air Quality is a crucial factor. Warns the EWG

How did the chemical cartel create a market without reasonable safeguards to protect the public? The IAQ-  Indoor Air Quality can affect people and property.

You'll never hear this in a commercial: more than half of the 2,000 household cleaners EWG (Environmental Working Group) looked at have ingredients known to harm our lungs.

We've stepped into an industry that is almost entirely unregulated - to the degree that companies are not even required to list the often-toxic ingredients on product labels. We did what needed to be done by creating our brand new Guide to Healthy Cleaning. It calls out products that are legally using risky chemicals - chemicals contributing to the asthma epidemic, some even linked to cancer - without telling you on the label.

We put in more than a year of work. Without it, you'd have nowhere to turn to find safe cleaners. But just as important: It wouldn't have been possible without help from supporters like you.

We're determined to build out our Guide to Healthy Cleaning and other research projects to hold more industries accountable, but it'll take $100,000 by our critical September 30 deadline. Will you donate right away?

Click here to donate $5 or more and we'll send you EWG's Tips for Greener Cleaning wallet guide as a thank you. Donate $30 or more and we'll send you the wallet-sized guide plus EWG's Do-It-Yourself Homemade Cleaners Booklet.

Our full research staff worked for more than a year to bring you this guide so you can make informed choices in every product category.

Now, together, we need to stay up-to-date on new products. We need to continue to encourage (and sometimes pressure) companies to change product formulations to make them safer and fully disclose product ingredients.

Manufacturers, retailers and government agencies - none of them are telling you what you need to know. So we did.

Our Guide to Healthy Cleaning is the only way to navigate the minefield to find safer cleaning products, and it's just the beginning. We plan to add more products and update the guide as formulations change, to dig deeper on information you need to find products that keep you and your family safe. But we need your help. We depend on donations from individuals like you.

If you use our research to make decisions, please make a donation today toward our critical $100,000 goal before the September 30 deadline.

Please know that your donations guide our work and move markets: Companies are already contacting us about reformulating their products and disclosing more ingredients to make them safe and healthy. We cannot do our work without you.

Click here to donate $5 or more today and we'll send you EWG's Tips for Greener Cleaning wallet guide. Donate $30 or more and you'll receive the wallet guide plus our Do-It-Yourself Cleaners Booklet as a special thank you.

Although many of us would like to, we just cannot quit cleaning our homes. With EWG's Guide to Healthy Cleaning we can clean safely. And with your help, EWG can keep revealing the dirt on industry, letting you go about the business of life.

Sincerely,

Ken Cook
President, Environmental Working Group

www.ewg.org

 

International Gateway Sells Out at The Venetian for 2013 International CES

Arlington, Va., October 3, 2012 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that the International Gateway TechZone has sold out in its new location, The Venetian, at the 2013 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2013 International CES is the world's largest tradeshow for consumer electronics and is scheduled to run January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The International Gateway allows attendees to expand their global networks at CES. The TechZone will feature more than 460 exhibitors in Hall D of The Venetian, showcasing innovative technologies and products from international destinations. Products from China, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan will all be on display in the International Gateway. Due to the sell out in Hall D, International Gateway exhibits will also be found on Level 1 at the Venetian, in the Marco Polo ballroom.

The global reach of CES continues to expand, as the 2012 show drew a record number of international attendees. Industry professionals from 150 countries made up nearly 23 percent of the 156,153 audited audience at the 2012 CES as the show attracted 35,734 attendees from outside the United States.

"The Venetian is a premier destination for the International Gateway at the 2013 CES, putting it in close proximity to CES keynotes, the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase and 30 percent of this year's TechZones," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences for CEA. "The International Gateway will be in great company with the brand new CloudBase3 TechZone, dedicated to the explosive expansion of cloud computing, and Eureka Park returning for its second year 40 percent larger for budding entrepreneurs and startups."

Other Venetian TechZones include: HigherEdTECH, Kids@Play, Mommy Tech and Sustainable Planet. There will also be 200 high-performance audio exhibitors with live demos in the The Venetian tower suites on levels 29-35.

International travel to Las Vegas has never been easier with the recent opening of Las Vegas McCarran International Airport's Terminal 3, with seven dedicated international gates. Terminal 3's Customs and Border Protection area can now process 2,000 international passengers an hour – twice the amount of the former terminal. International attendees requiring a visa to enter the U.S. are encouraged to schedule visa interview appointments early.

Special registration areas for international attendees will be located in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC)'s Central Plaza and The Venetian. International Commerce Centers (ICCs) will be located in room S224 at the LVCC and at The Venetian, Level 1, Marco Polo.

An international reception is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8 at the LVCC in room S222.

The 2013 International CES will feature 3,000 global technology companies unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services in 24 market-specific TechZones across 15 major product categories including the latest in audio, automotive electronics, connected home technologies, digital imaging/photography, electronic gaming, entertainment/content and more. For more information on the 2013 International CES, visit CESweb.org.

Note to Editors: The official name of the global technology event is “International CES.” Subsequent references to the show can be shortened to “CES.” Please do not use “Consumer Electronics Show” to refer to the International CES.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $206 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services.

 

EU bans Hazardous Chemicals in many products. USA falls behind on Chemical Safety Programs

From Germany, Jack Wolfskin joins “Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals” program - Sept. 19, 2012

■ Jack Wolfskin – first outdoor company in the ZDHC program

The outdoor supplier Jack Wolfskin, based in Idstein, Germany, is the first company in the industry to announce its participation in the “Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals” program. The Joint Roadmap developed for the purpose was inspired for example by the Greenpeace Detox Campaign.

Up to now, the Joint Roadmap to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) has primarily comprised some of the world’s largest textile companies. The aim is to phase out any use of hazardous chemicals by 2020, which not only applies to the end product but also includes the entire production process. ZDHC members will document their progress in terms of the “Joint Roadmap” quarterly in 2012 and then annually from 2013 to 2020.

“The aim of the Joint Roadmap to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals is extremely demanding for the outdoor industry,” stated Christian Brandt, COO of Jack Wolfskin. “The industry makes up only a small percentage of the textile market, comprises medium-sized companies, and relies on extensive division of labour in production. Without an initiative like the ZDHC and its many influential members, it would be impossible for us to achieve the aim of the Joint Roadmap.”

Jack Wolfskin has already been regulating chemical thresholds for several years in a company list of hazardous materials, which is in many cases more stringent than required by legal regulations or industry standards. Long before the inception of the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, Jack Wolfskin was for example regulating the use of PFOA, with its targets based on the stringent guidelines of the bluesign® standard. The process of replacing PFOA with alternatives will be completed in 2014.

Jack Wolfskin has the ambitious goal of zero discharge which can only be achieved in collaboration with the industry, supervisory authorities and stakeholders. The entire supply chain, including all its preliminary stages, needs to focus on this aim and work towards achieving it. The Joint Roadmap represents the ideal path.

Jack Wolfskin announces PFOA phase-out

Sept. 13, 2012

 All weather protection products will be manufactured without PFOA by the end of 2014

The outdoor supplier Jack Wolfskin, based in Idstein, Germany, has announced that all of its weather protection products will be manufactured without the use of PFOA by the end of 2014. Whilst in Europe products containing PFOS are regulated by the 2006/122/EC Directive with the threshold value of 1 µg/m2, there are still no legal restrictions on the use of the controversial PFOA.

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) belongs to the group of fluorinated surfactants, which is also the umbrella term for all fluoro-organic compounds which are surfactant in character. There are numerous potential applications, ranging from Teflon pans and hydraulic fluids to cleaning agents and water-repellent coatings for textiles. Jack Wolfskin has been working towards offering weather protection products manufactured without the use of PFOA since 2009.

“PFOA has been a topic of debate for some time now and represents a challenge for manufacturers of functional apparel, as up to now there have been few adequate alternatives, and phasing it out would involve converting the entire textile manufacturing chain,” stated Christian Brandt, COO at Jack Wolfskin. “However, we decided to take this step early on, particularly because the insufficient biodegradability of PFOA prevents long-term use.”

Jack Wolfskin has already been regulating chemical thresholds for several years in a company list of hazardous materials, which is in many cases more stringent than required by legal regulations or industry standards. Long before the inception of the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, Jack Wolfskin was regulating the use of PFOA, with its targets based on the stringent guidelines of the bluesign® standard. The process of replacing PFOA with an alternative will be completed in 2014.

http://www.jack-wolfskin.com/Newsroom/Presse/Company-2/Jack-Wolfskin-joins-Zero-Discharge-of-Hazardous-Chemicals-programme.aspx

 


Motorola Solutions and the Motorola Solutions Foundation Contribute $15 Million to the National Law Enforcement Museum

WASHINGTON – Oct. 11, 2012 The National Law Enforcement Museum, which currently is under construction in Washington and planned to open in 2015, has received a $15 million contribution from Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions.

The funding provided by Motorola Solutions will help support the museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through interactive exhibits, historical artifacts, research and diverse educational programming. The contribution announced today brings the total to $18 million that Motorola Solutions and the Motorola Solutions Foundation have provided to support the museum’s public education effort.

KEY FACTS

  • In 2000, Congress and President Bill Clinton authorized the establishment of a National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, paving the way for the nation's largest and most comprehensive museum honoring the duty and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers.
  • The museum will incorporate cutting-edge interactive exhibitions and state-of-the-art audio and visual programs to bridge the gap between law enforcement's past and present. It will also provide a public forum for discussions, lectures and conferences; conduct education programs to chronicle the gripping accounts of the profession’s most defining moments; and offer in-depth research opportunities in law enforcement history and safety.
  • The Motorola Solutions Foundation is contributing $10 million in cash during the next few years to support the museum’s construction and programming costs. In addition, Motorola Solutions is donating $5 million in products and services to enhance and complement the communications, visitor experience and staff capabilities at the museum.
  • Motorola is the First Founding Partner of the National Law Enforcement Museum. In 2004, the company provided a $3 million Leadership Gift as part of the museum’s “A Matter of Honor Campaign.” Today’s contribution brings the total amount of Motorola’s support to $18 million.
  • Supporting the National Law Enforcement Museum is just part of the commitment by Motorola Solutions and the Motorola Solutions Foundation to the law enforcement community. Since 2007, the foundation has provided more than $11 million in grants to public safety organizations in the U.S.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions
“We are all indebted to the bravery and sacrifice of those who wear the uniform and protect our communities. This contribution reinforces our commitment to them by ensuring the National Law Enforcement Museum has access to the educational tools that are needed to help the millions of visitors that are expected from around the world get a better understanding of the challenges of modern-day law enforcement.”

Craig Floyd, Chairman and CEO, National Law Enforcement Museum
“We are grateful for the ongoing support and dedication from the Motorola Solutions Foundation to the museum and the law enforcement community. American law enforcement has an important story to tell, and the museum will serve as a much-needed outlet to accomplish that effort. Together, we will honor the sacrifice and commitment of America's law enforcement and provide an educational resource to the public for years to come.”

SUPPORTING RESOURCES
For more information about the Motorola Solutions Foundation, visit: www.motorolasolutions.com/giving
For more information about the Museum and its exhibits, visit: www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org/Resources
Video: Exhibit Presentation
Video: Honoring Heroes – The Memorial & The Museum

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

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.

About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which contains the names of 19,660 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, a comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

About the National Law Enforcement Museum
Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 55,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be a mostly underground institution located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. Museum construction has commenced with a projected opening in early 2015. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984. The Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org .

 

New Electrical Contractor Survey Ranks Brand Availability Over Price

2012 Profile Details Roles in Product Choice, Electrical Design, Design/Build and More

          BETHESDA, Md., September 27, 2012 — Electrical contractors around the country now rank brand availability—over price—as their top reason for original brand selection, according to the 2012 Profile of the Electrical Contractor. The biannual survey’s key findings also report electrical contractors’ increasing influence and involvement in overall electrical design, the design/build or design/assist process, detailed types of work performed, ongoing training, firm demographics and more.
           "As a deep dive into our industry, our biannual Profile offers measurable value for our industry partners,” said Electrical Contractor Publisher John Maisel. “It reports the most current data on electrical contractors’ growing involvement and influence in all work types across all sectors while serving as a benchmark for our subscribers,” he said.
          Significant findings also include a major jump from 2010 in the level of design/build or design/assist work, and a fifth place ranking for products made in America -- which debuted this year among brand selection criteria.
          Key findings include:

·        Brand availability leads the criteria for original brand selection and brand substitution ahead of prior experience, price, ease of installation, made in America, durability, manufacturer reputation, energy efficiency, specific features, manufacturer training and support and word of mouth

·        On average, a single brand is specified about 25 percent of the time; in all other cases, other factors, multiple brands “or equal to” or performance is specified

·        Energy efficiency was chosen by about 25 percent of electrical contractors as one of their three top reasons for original brand selection

·        Overall, electrical contractors are able to make brand substitutions about 2/3 of the time

·        8 in 10 electrical contractors report having a medium or high ability to influence the overall electrical design — 44% say their level of influence is “medium;” 36% say their level is “high”

·        7 in 10 firms performed any D/B or D/A work in the previous year — any D/B or D/A work was performed by 85% of firms with 10+ employees

·        About 20% of electrical contractors say they currently use Building Information Modeling (BIM)
and that on average, it is used on about 6 percent of projects

·        8 in 10 electrical contractors receive any plans and specs that are incomplete 46% of the time — where their firm is responsible for completing the design documentation

·        95% of the firms performed traditional power and lighting with 92% lighting

·        About 6 in 10 firms worked in power quality, communications systems/connectivity and/or CII automation/controls

·        15% of larger firms work on electric vehicle (EV) charging stations; 13% on smart grid technology

          For the full report, go to: http://www.ecmag.com/research/

2-Minute Video: Key Findings

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Published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md., Electrical Contractor magazine delivers 85,300+ electrical contractors and more than 68,000 electrical contracting locations, more than any other industry publication. Telephone: (301) 657-3110. Web site: www.ecmag.com.

 

Online Retailer Helping American-Made Products ‘Win’ as U.S. Olympians Go for the Gold

In the Olympic spirit, industry leading eTailer CableOrganizer.com helps American-made products better compete in the marketplace against foreign-made counterparts by offering price-matched domestic alternatives

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, August 2012 – While many love the idea of buying American-made products, many times there’s a catch: ‘Made in the USA may not always be as affordable as ‘Made Somewhere Else.’ With this in mind and in the spirit of the 2012 Olympics, one patriotic eTailer is pulling for the home team by financially supporting the U.S. manufacturing industry: CableOrganizer.com (www.CableOrganizer.com). This industry-leading online retailer of electrical, telecom/datacom/networking, home theater, cable and wire management products today announced a new initiative making American-made items in its catalog available for the same low price as their foreign-made counterparts.

CableOrganizer.com is offering a deal that will both save consumers money and support U.S. industry. Specifically, from now through August 31, 2012, if consumers find a foreign-made product in the company’s Web-based catalog located at www.CableOrganizer.com, but would like the chance to purchase an American-made alternative at the same low price, they may simply notify CableOrganizer.com of the product for which they’d prefer the domestic alternative, and the company will do the work to locate a comparable Made-in-the-USA item. CableOrganizer.com will also extend a price match should the American-made product cost more than its foreign-manufactured counterpart. It’s as simple as that. Simply contact the company via the instructions at http://www.cableorganizer.com/american-made-olympics.html and CableOrganizer.com will do the rest – even if that means picking up the tab for the difference. Go USA!

“While we greatly appreciate and recognize the importance of the global economy we’re a part of, now more than ever is a great time to pay tribute to the ‘home team’ by supporting American-made products,” said Paul Holstein, COO of CableOrganizer.com. “Making those items in our catalog that have been produced domestically more price compatible with comparable goods is our way of paying homage to our great nation—and the competitive spirit of the Olympic games.”

About CableOrganizer®.com
Founded in February 2002 and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale FL, CableOrganizer.com is a leading eTailer of electrical, telecom/datacom/networking, home theater, cable and wire management products. The company provides companies, organizations and individuals around the globe with 24/7/365 access to an extensive array of high-quality products and information resources through its convenient online storefront. In addition to CableOrganizer.com, the company also owns and operates CableOrganizer.fr, which is operated out of Rennes, France. Among other honors, multiple times CableOrganizer.com has been named among Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500/5000 and Internet Retailer magazine’s “Top 500.” The company also earned a Stevie® Award as the “Best Overall Company of the Year - Non-Services Businesses - Up To 100 Employees.”

 

Oberon Enclosures Compatible with the New Cisco Aironet 2600 and 3600 Wireless Access Points

State College, PA – October 9, 2012 - Securing Cisco’s Latest Wi-Fi Offering

Cisco’s new 2600 and 3600 series access points bring unprecedented value and performance to wireless networking. Cisco states that the new access points, designed to meet increasing mobility demand, "ensure an interference-free, high-speed wireless application experience, and will "sustain reliable connections at higher speeds farther from the access point than competing solutions, increasing the availability of 450 Mbps data rates."

The body form factor of the new 2600 and 3600 series access points is very similar to the form factor of the 1140 and 3500 series access points. Oberon enclosures designed for and around the Cisco platform are suitable for all Cisco enterprise access points. Existing customers currently using Oberon enclosures and mounting solutions will find migrating to the new access points easy and convenient.

As the demand for wireless solutions for consumer devices grows, driven not only by pure data demands but also the increasing number of devices people use daily, securing the equipment needed to create a robust wireless network becomes increasingly important.  Verticals such as retail, healthcare, and government have specified requirements for physical security.  Oberon enclosures meet this physical security need with aesthetic enclosures for suspended ceilings, hard-lid ceilings, walls, and challenging outdoor environments.  

Oberon recommends its popular Model 1052 universal access point enclosure for suspended ceiling installations. The Model 1052 is a UL listed, locking, 2’ X 2’ ceiling tile enclosure suitable for use in the air handling space. It conveniently mounts and secures the Cisco 2600 as well as the 1140, 1260, 3500 and 3600 series access points.  The 1052 features interchangeable doors to accommodate access points with body integrated antennas, or, a variety of external antennas.

Also recommended for drop ceiling installations are Models 1064-00, 1064-T (for tegular-style ceilings), and 1068-00.

Recommended enclosures for hard-lid ceiling and wall installations include Models 1030-00, 1032-00, and for those preferring a clear cover, the 1032-C.  The Model 1029-00 Right-Angle Wall Bracket provides an alternative for wall-mounting access points in the preferred horizontal orientation.  NEMA 4X Models 1021-00 and 1026-00 are appropriate for use outdoors or in challenging environments.  The Model 1082-00 Network Cabinet is ideal for office environments, making it possible to mount access points, routers, and other network equipment together in a wall cabinet in the space where they are needed.  The CCOAPI-SKIN is a black plastic, paintable, form-fitting skin for customizing the color of the access point for any decor.

Oberon is a leading designer and manufacturer of wireless access point and DAS enclosures and mounting solutions. Oberon’s products are required where wireless coverage, infrastructure security, environmental robustness, and aesthetics are paramount in network design and implementation.  Oberon is the only manufacturer of wireless access point enclosures in the Cisco Developer Network (CDN) Program.

For more information about secure, convenient, and aesthetic telecommunications and wireless access point enclosures for suspended ceiling and wall-mounted systems, please call 1-877-867-2312 or visit http://oberonwireless.com.  Oberon's website offers an Enclosure Finder for easy viewing of enclosures for use with most vendors' wireless access points.

ABOUT OBERON, INC. - Since 1999, Oberon, Inc. has been providing products and services to integrators and end users of wireless LAN "Wi-Fi" network products. Oberon's wireless enclosures and antenna products are used where the RF coverage, infrastructure security, environmental robustness, and aesthetics are paramount in the network design and implementation.  Oberon offers ceiling-mounted telecommunications enclosures for Ethernet switches, patch panels, wireless controllers, and other networking and A/V components - ideal for structured cabling and Fiber-to-the-Enclosure (FTTE) deployments.

Oberon's products and services have helped thousands of integrators and end-users in the global healthcare, government, transportation and logistics, education, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing achieve reliable indoor network connection mobility.

 

BICSI Members Elect New Officers To Serve On Board Of Directors

Tampa, Fla., October 9, 2012—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, has completed the 2013-15 Board of Directors Election. Members have elected five board members to serve two-year terms. In voting that ended September 30, members have selected the following individuals:

SECRETARY
Robert "Bob" Erickson, RCDD, RTPM, NTS, OSP, WD, Communications Network Design, Haysville Kan.

CANADIAN REGION DIRECTOR
Peter Levoy, RCDD (incumbent), Anixter, Ottawa, Ontario

U.S. SOUTH-CENTRAL REGION DIRECTOR
Jeffrey Beavers, RCDD, OSP, Black and Veatch, Lenexa, Kan.

U.S. SOUTHEAST REGION DIRECTOR
Charles "Chuck" Wilson, RCDD, NTS, OSP, Wilson Technology Group, Inc., Brooksville, Fla.

U.S. WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR
Larry Gillen, RCDD, ESS, OSP, CTS, Pentair Technical Products – Hoffman, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.


“These newly elected individuals will play essential roles in shaping BICSI’s future,” said Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, NTS, RTPM, CISSP, CPP, CDCDP, BICSI President. "Although serving as a BICSI Board member means a great amount of work, the payoff is very rewarding. Congratulations to all of them! I and the rest of the Board of Directors are excited to begin working closely with these new Board members in moving BICSI forward.”

The new officers will officially be inaugurated in January 2013 during the BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

 

New FUSION® Series Carts Combine Sleek Aesthetics and User-Friendly Features

Chief’s newest carts now shipping

Minneapolis, MN. USA (OCT 2012) - www.chiefmfg.com - Chief, an industry leader in mounts, racks and interactive solutions, is now shipping its new FUSION Series carts in North America.

The design updates include flexible cable covers to allow access at any point along the column while concealing cables for a clean installation. A turn knob lets a single user smoothly raise and lower the screen to any height between 50 and 70 inches (127-177 cm).

"The newly designed carts were built with the end-user in mind," said Wade Link, Product Manager. "The updated look fits well in a variety of markets, including educational and corporate settings. Also, the new height adjustment system and accessory shelf with handles makes maneuvering the carts easy."

The new carts and stands also feature:

  • +5/-5 degrees of tilt and effortless display adjustment
  • User-friendly interface, optimal for screen sizes up to 60 inches and 200 lbs (90.7 kg)
  • Black or silver finish
  • Smooth rolling and lockable castors for effortless positioning

The aesthetic redesign incorporates rounded edges and sleek features to give the cart a softer, professional feel. Chief engineers created wider columns with rounded edges to make the carts easy to hold during the moving process, and the angled base makes corner positioning a snap.

Shelf and storage accessories for the LPAU cart, as well as the new FUSION stand version, will be available soon.

About Chief
Chief, a brand division of Milestone AV Technologies, has more than 30 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the commercial and residential markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, racks, interactive technology and accessories for TVs, displays, projectors and other AV components. With numerous product awards and patented designs, Chief provides innovative mount features, and is recognized for delivering quality products and knowledgeable, helpful customer service. Milestone AV Technologies, home to the Chief, Sanus, Da-Lite, Projecta and Procolor brands, has offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific, supporting a global network of dealers. Distribution centers are located in Minnesota (US), California (US), Indiana (US), Ohio (US), Hong Kong and the Netherlands. www.chiefmfg.com

 

FTTH 2012 Conference Closes With a Focus on Marketing High Bandwidth Services and Applications to Consumers

(DALLAS, TX) - The 2012 Fiber to the Home Conference & Expo concluded today with an emphasis on how FTTH service providers can leverage their ultra high speed connectivity toward business success through the introduction of compelling new applications and services.

The keynote speaker at the event's closing session, marketing whiz Joe Candido of Fifth Element Associates, discussed how service provider companies can develop their "competitive differentiation" that their all-fiber networks make possible, and then build strategies and tactical sales and marketing plans to leverage that differentiation and win subscribers.

 

Following his presentation, Candido hosted a panel discussion featuring experts in high-bandwidth applications that are driving innovations in education and health care delivery.

 

At the closing session, the FTTH Council Americas premiered the second of its two new videos on the successes of its FTTH service operator members - this one on the FTTH network run by Lafayette Utilities System in Louisiana.  At the opening session yesterday, conference-goers viewed a video on GVTC, a 60-year-old telephone cooperative in Texas that has reinvented itself as a 21st century broadband telecommunications provider by upgrading to fiber to the home technology.

 

"From what we could all see, hear and feel at this conference, it is abundantly clear that fiber to the home is going in one direction and one direction only - forward into the future," said conference chairman Kevin Bourg of Aurora Networks.

 

The FTTH Council announced that the 2013 FTTH Conference & Expo will be held in September 30 to October 3 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

 

The FTTH Council also presented its industry awards: 

 

The Chairman's Award - Jim Baller, President, The Baller Herbst Law Group, Washington, DC.

 

The Chairman's award, given at the discretion of the Chairman of the FTTH Council Americas Board of Directors, singles out an individual or company that has shown tremendous effort to promote, educate or accelerate fiber. Jim Baller, the president of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC, represents clients in a broad range of communications matters nationally and in more than 35 states.  He is also the founder of the US Broadband Coalition, a large and diverse consortium of organizations of all kinds that are seeking to develop as much consensus as possible on the components of a comprehensive national broadband strategy.  The FTTH Council is proud to honor him for his relentless promotion and pursuit of community broadband and of faster networks for everyone.  His efforts have  paved the way for the deployment of all-fiber networks across the country.

 

The Photon Award - Gilberto Guitarte, TE Connectivity

 

The Photon Award recognizes an FTTH Council member or members who, through their volunteer contribution, have demonstrated a high level of dedication to the organization and contribution to the industry.  It takes special people to get out in front of the pack - to lead, to innovate and to work hard, day after day, to make this growth happen.  As the Latin American region moves decisively into the future with fiber, the FTTH Council's LATAM Chapter has been leading the charge.  Under Chairman Gilberto Guitarte's leadership, the chapter has been growing and becoming more influential year by year.  Gilberto Guitarte is a force for faster and better broadband throughout Latin America, and for all of the economic and social progress that will bring to the region, and therefore is most deserving of this year's Photon Award.

 

The Star Award - Gig.U

The Star Award recognizes a person, community or company that has gone above and beyond what is expected in the advancement of fiber to the home.  This year's award recognizes the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project - commonly known as Gig.U - which has been making huge waves in its efforts to accelerate the deployment of ultra high speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities.  The brainchild of Blair Levin, who managed the preparation of the National Broadband Plan at the FCC, Gig.U is a consortium of more than 30 leading research universities from across the U.S.  The organization is working tirelessly to organize and improve local networks in these communities into gigabit powerhouses that can fuel innovation, economic growth and improvements in health care and education.  The organization has been a valued partner of the FTTH Council in promoting the expansion of ultra high speed networks.

About the FTTH Council North America:


Now in its 12th 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. Its mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

CABA's Digital Home Forum held in October 2012


The Continental Automated Buildings Association held its next Digital Home Forum in San Diego on October 11 and 12, 2012.

The event, hosted by CABA member Qualcomm, brought together leading companies dealing with integration of consumer electronics and other cutting-edge technology throughout the home.

"We are extremely pleased to offer the highest-quality information and research to attendees of our ongoing Digital Home Forum event series," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "The beneficial information and industry intelligence that CABA members and industry stakeholders will gain from this event will exceed any expense involved in attending."

Industry stakeholders were invited to attend the Forum on October 11 to 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.

The event included a keynote address from Dan Rabinovitsj, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Networking Business Unit at Qualcomm. He shared insights on the evolution of the connected home, discuss Qualcomm's vision for the architecture of the home network and present technologies that will enable the connected home ecosystem to deliver the next generation user experience and value added services.

CABA also presented highlights of its recent "Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes" research study, which was conducted by Frost & Sullivan.

Participants in the CABA Research Program shared their research and insights, along with details about their current activities.

Sessions examined: the evolution of smart devices and appliances; the impact of 3G/LTE networks on connected homes; next generation home applications, services and user experiences; models for data exchange and new business development partnerships.

Forum participants were encouraged to openly discuss research strategies as they relate to the industry and their respective organizations. Speakers from IBM, Best Buy, Microsoft Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Tendril Networks, Inc., Vantage Legrand, Crestron Electronics, Inc., Comcast Cable, MTS Allstream Inc., Qualcomm Life, Smartinet Inc., SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, Duchossois Industries, Inc., iControl Networks Inc., Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., ECOtality Inc., Z-Wave Alliance, Smartenit, Inc., Frost & Sullivan and Alarm.com have already been confirmed.

CABA's Connected Home Council also held a meeting in conjunction with the Forum. Established in 2004, the CABA Connected Home Council initiates and reviews projects that relate to connected home and multiple dwelling unit technologies and applications. The Council also examines industry opportunities that can accelerate the adoption of new technologies, consumer electronics and broadband services within the burgeoning connected home market.

As an added bonus, attendees of both meetings were invited as VIP guests of Qualcomm to attend the Miramar Air Show on the afternoon of October 12. Delegates will get a police escort to a VIP tent with food, refreshments and great views. The Miramar Air Show is an annual event held at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in the San Diego area. The event is one of the largest military air shows open to the public, with total annual attendance estimated at 700,000. The show is annually held in October and is designed to coincide with Fleet Week.

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

 

Stanley Fleischer is Appointed the 2013 NEBB President of the National Environmental Balancing Bureau

Gaithersburg, MD – The Board of Directors of the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) has named Stanley (Stan) Fleischer the 2013 NEBB President during the NEBB Board of Directors Meeting, October 5-6, Seattle, WA.

Stan is the President of Seneca Balance, and has more than 34 years’ experience testing and balancing office buildings, hospitals, government facilities, research laboratories and complex building systems.

Stan has been on the NEBB Board of Directors and the NEBB Executive Finance Committee. He has served in the Capital MarVa NEBB Chapter as President, Technical Chairman and Board Chairman and other roles. He is the lead proctor for NEBB’s Capital MarVa Chapter and NEBB International for the Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing (TAB) discipline. He is the past chairman of the NEBB’s TAB committee and a member of ASHRAE and SMACNA.

Neil Marshall, outgoing President of NEBB remarks that, “Stan Fleischer brings a wealth of industry experience to NEBB. His passion for finding creative solutions and success as a service provider to large private and government sector clients made it clear that he was the individual we needed to lead NEBB. We’re thrilled that he is bringing a high level of success and commitment to NEBB.”

Stan Fleischer commented on his appointment, “It is an honor and a privilege to be the NEBB President. I am pleased to have the opportunity to expand upon the foundations laid by NEBB leaders and look forward to leading NEBB into an era of new opportunities.”

Stan has been NEBB certified since 1987. He holds a Master HVAC License in Maryland, is a LEED AP and NEBB Certified Professional in TAB, Commissioning, HVAC/Plumbing, and Sound & Vibration and Building Envelope Testing.

National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB)

NEBB is the premier international association of certified firms that perform testing, adjusting and balancing of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in addition to building systems commissioning, building systems retro-commissioning, fume hood testing, building envelope testing, and cleanroom certification. NEBB is the leading source of industry information through its standards, procedures, publications, specifications, text books, study courses and newsletters.

Additional information on NEBB is available at www.nebb.org

 

ShoreTel Credited for Unified Communications Excellence

ShoreTel®(SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, continues to help credit unions successfully navigate the challenges of increased competition and cutting-edge service expectations via ShoreTel’s powerful all-in-one solution that helps eliminate complexity thus lowering total cost of ownership for businesses.

In the current economy, credit unions are looking for ways to offer unique service experiences because members expect high levels of service that go far beyond a traditional visit to a brick and mortar branch office. With ShoreTel’s unified communication solution, IT departments are able to avoid complexity and focus on alternative ways to best service customers – such as easily using instant messaging to resolve customer issues. The distributed single-image architecture at the heart of the ShoreTel platform is ideal for credit unions with multiple locations, as there is no need for disparate IT in every branch.

“We understand that credit unions, like all financial organizations, are under constant pressure to improve the efficiency of their operations, bring down costs, and provide stellar customer service,” said Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer, ShoreTel. “ShoreTel's ability to provide a seamless integrated solution addresses these needs head-on, which is why we’ve been a popular provider of business phone systems with integrated unified communications in the credit union market for years.”

With a primary focus on member business lending, corporate stabilization and the Federal Reserve’s Interchange rule, the last thing credit unions need to worry about is their communication solution. ShoreTel helps make business run smoother by providing a unified communications solution that helps rapidly resolve customer issues, thereby providing superior service to all members.

  • “ShoreTel’s instant messaging is a part of our culture and how we communicate with each other between locations, resulting in the delivery of superior service to our members.”
    - Colleen Jakes, TopLine Federal Credit Union
  • “I got an extremely powerful, advanced and totally customizable phone solution/answering machine/desktop integrated communication system for my entire credit union. It is simple to change and manage – it basically runs itself. And it’s such an excellent value.”
    - Doug Wadsworth, president, Tri-Cities Credit Union
  • “We were impressed from the very beginning with the ease of management and how simple the ShoreTel system was to use. The other solutions we considered either were very hard to manage or were not designed to be as robust as ShoreTel. We never have to worry about whether the system is working right; it has been a solid investment.”
    - Havre W. Hamilton, technology director, 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union
  • “What we like best about our ShoreTel system is the ability to unify all our branches across the U.S. on one phone system. With ShoreTel any staff member can reach any other staff member by dialing 4-digits. This along with the ShoreTel Communicator has increased performance from all departments with the Call Center leading the way in improving efficiency.”
    - Robert Harloe, vice president information technology, Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union
  • “During the time that we have enjoyed the ShoreTel system, we have had multiple business continuity issues of varying natures and ShoreTel has been even better than expected at keeping our operation up and running, not just from a design level, but from a service and support level as well. I could not, in good conscience, recommend anything but ShoreTel to a prospective buyer.”
    - Mark Morse, Chief Information Officer, Hoosier Hills Credit Union

Related Links & Conversation

About ShoreTel

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

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

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

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

www.communicationplanning.com

 

The Connectivity Firm (TCF) has expanded coverage into the PR and Caribbean markets via San Juan

Effective immediately TCF has entered the Puerto Rico Territory with our core partner lines such as OCC, Speco, Comtran, and Veracity, just to name a few.   We are pleased to have announced the addition of Angelo Benitez to the team as the area manager.  Angelo is a Native and revered locally for his knowledge in the commercial and residential markets.  www.theconnectivityfirm.com

Why you need The Connectivity Firm

Established in September of 2001, The Connectivity Firm currently serves the state of Florida and Puerto Rico markets as a professional, technical sales, and marketing, resource for the Electrical, Datacom and Security Industry. Servicing the Communications, Life Safety, Security, A/V, Automation markets, among other synergistic opportunities, The Connectivity Firm was the first to bridge the representation gap between the IT and security industries by recognizing a need in the market for a professional firm that has embraced industry convergence. We are differentiated by our unique ability to deliver on the promise of the long term relationships, experience, and disciplines to provide cross-market support, growth in market share, and added customer exposure that no other firm can offer.

The Connectivity Firm understands the inherent needs of the traditional security companies, and channels needing resources to help embrace today's IP and web-enabled technologies, likewise the Datacom and IT integrators also need a resource for support as they have become more involved in the traditional security elements of existing legacy systems. We're here to help, representing manufacturers of structured cabling solutions, security, CCTV, connectivity components and electronics utilizing copper cable, fiber optic, audio, video, and electronics, combined with all of the associated complementary and cable management products to provide comprehensive end-to-end solutions. Our company leadership experience exceeds 50 years of hands on experience servicing these markets. This experience provides the foundation for our enhanced professional services and success across multiple markets and industries. 

Our principal or factory partners are typically manufacturers recognized worldwide as industry leaders with product designs and enhancements that separate them from the competition. As this market convergence continues to take hold and firms upgrade, plan their future infrastructures, or leverage existing investments TCF is positioned to offer extreme value to our factory partners with our comprehensive and consistent territory coverage. TCF provdes specification solutions and product support to critical information users in many different market segments including Retail, Corporate, Healthcare, Education, Military, Federal, and Local Government, Distribution, Integration and installation companies. 

TCF territory managers are recognized residents of thier respective local markets, they actively and regularly conduct technical training and product related seminars with design consultants, contractors, distributors, and end users on IT, security trends, technology updates, and available services, or products from numerous regulatory agencies, such as BICSI, ASIS, UL, and EIA/TIA. TCF is prepared to address the demands on the market that technology advances bring. Our collective team experience allows us to assist with user strategies for local, metropolitan, wide area and security networks for clients such as Walt Disney World, University of South Florida, Motorola, Progress Energy and Orlando Airport just to name a few. 

Our purpose is to be the best resource for knowledge of emerging standards, and technology improvements available to assist our customers with the selection of their next generation technologies. We accomplish this by specification of the proper infrastructures and products that provide cost effective solutions as this global business community implements the high-speed comprehensive systems of tomorrow.  

Mission Statement

To represent quality manufacturers of leading edge technologies by providing excellence in customer service through people with superior product knowledge

Vision Statement

To improve the value and contributions of the technology manufacturer’s representative to the industry, manufacturers and resale channels.

TCF Quick Facts and Goals

• The most consistent product offering and name recognition

• Territory coverage – State of Florida & Puerto Rico

o Well known and respected 6 person team

• Inroads to top revenue producing accounts

• Exceptional attention to leads with prompt feedback

• Respected and professional sales team that:

• Know their territory

• Know their accounts

• Are trained in overcoming objections and cultivating new customers

• Have superior product knowledge enabling them to adapt customer applications and perform customer site product demonstrations and training

• User seminars and trade show support

• Proven Sales success!

TCF Leadership Team

Steve Walsh – Firm Partner / Principal

A principal of the firm, Steve is a true all around industry leader. Steve has an over eighteen-year history within the state of Florida and provides seldom seen credentials to our principals and customers alike. Steve has hands-on experience in the Sound, Security, Video, Fiber Optic, Industrial, and Datacom markets combined with the intimate knowledge gained from sales and management tenure with some of the world’s premier manufactures of products within the low voltage industry. This high-level sales and technical experience enables Steve to deliver consistently accurate, valuable, and measurable success across multiple markets.     

Rick Arnold, RCDD / NTS - Firm Partner / Principal

A principal of the firm, Rick is another veteran to the IT, Security, and Low Voltage industries with more than 22 years experience. Rick's background consists of a unique combination of senior level management, sales, and marketing responsibilities encapsulated with in-depth technical and hands-on experience. Rick is a BICSI Certified RCDD, and LAN Specialist bringing hands on experience in addition to formal training and success in Distribution, Telecom, and Networking, Residential and Commercial construction, Security, Audio, Video, CCTV, and Automation markets. Rick’s leadership, energy, and experience enhance all areas of the business. Rick has been instrumental in the successful startup of several companies and has held responsibilities ranging from the original facility setup, to leading sales, marketing, business development, and product branding / development teams for commercial and federal markets both nationally and internationally. Rick is a state certified general contractor, licensed low voltage contractor as well Rick is a business graduate of the University of South Florida. 

www.theconnectivityfirm.com

 

U.S. Green Building Council's 2012 Leadership Awards Highlight Innovation and Vision in the Sustainability Sector

Annual awards to be celebrated at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

Washington, D.C. - (Oct. 9, 2012) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the recipients of its 2012 Leadership Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals who embody the vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green buildings and communities as a vehicle to enhance our quality of life. The awards will be presented at the Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 15 during USGBC's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held in San Francisco, Calif.

"The green building industry didn't grow in to a global movement by chance. We got here because of the hard work and innovation of sustainability pioneers and visionaries," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. "We are thrilled to recognize many of those individuals in this year's awards."

Tom Darden, Executive Director of Make It Right, a non-profit organization that builds sustainable homes and buildings for communities in need, received the Leadership in the NGO Sector Award. Make It Right has led the charge in redeveloping the Lower Ninth Ward with resource-efficient, durable homes after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

"Since the groundbreaking of Make It Right's first house, USGBC has been an important partner in our efforts to build affordable, LEED Platinum homes for families in need in New Orleans and beyond," said Darden. "I'm honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing our work together."

Healthy Building Network's Tom Lent, Policy Director and Bill Walsh, Founder, each received the Leadership in Advocacy Award. Lent has advocated for the banning of arsenic-treated wood and educates on the environmental and health hazards of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), among many initiatives. Under the leadership of Walsh, Healthy Building Network has introduced new, healthier building materials into commercial markets and shifted more than $4 billion in materials purchases from toxic materials to healthier alternatives.

"We are proud to accept this Leadership in Advocacy Award with thanks to all the USGBC member firms who are stepping forward with us to advocate for healthy materials using our Pharos Project and the new Health Product Declaration," said Lent.

"The Healthy Building Network is working shoulder to shoulder with leaders in the green building movement to make healthy building products a fundamental component of green building," said Walsh. "I'm proud to accept this award honoring these efforts."

Steve Saunders, CEO, Texas Energy Solutions, received the Leadership in the Residential Sector Award. Texas Energy Solutions is a LEED for Homes Provider, and Saunders has done extensive work to expand and advance the LEED for Homes program.

"This award is really a tribute to the leadership commitment of our wonderful clients and the dedicated effort of my coworkers - two groups I am proud to serve," said Saunders. "I am grateful to the USGBC - particularly to the LEED for Homes team - for building a terrific platform for residential sustainability."

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University; Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive; and Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor of Syracuse each received the 2012 Global Community Leadership Award for their collective and collaborative efforts to foster substantive change across the Syracuse and Central New York landscape. Among their many projects: Cantor has elevated the mission of green building on Syracuse University's campus through numerous LEED building projects and a school-wide goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. County Executive Mahoney led the charge on the Save the Rain program for stormwater management and advocates for green roofs, among many sustainability initiatives. Mayor Miner has advocated for local green buildings and worked to create a vibrant, revitalized connective corridor in the city of Syracuse.

"This USGBC Leadership Award speaks to the power of innovation through collaboration," said Cantor. "We can only tackle the profoundly complex challenges we face today such as achieving sustainability if we partner across sectors and roll up their sleeves together. That's exactly what we're trying to do in Syracuse and across Central New York, not only among City, County, and University leaders, but with the private sector and our neighborhoods, as well. We're deeply grateful for this recognition, which we consider an achievement for our entire community."

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by USGBC with this award," said Mahoney. "Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor have been excellent partners and we appreciate our sustainability efforts being recognized in a global way."

"It is a great honor receiving this award from USGBC," said Miner. "I am glad to accept this recognition on behalf of the Syracuse community. We have worked very hard to become a leader in the green economy, working with start-up green tech firms, building LEED buildings across our city, renovating our airport to LEED standards, and creating a more sustainable community. I am proud to lead a city with this level of commitment to our green future."

M. Arthur Gensler Jr., Founder, Gensler; and Donald Simon, Attorney, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, LLP received the President's Award. Founder of global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm, Gensler, M. Arthur Gensler has helped pioneer green building as a business visionary and legend of the design industry.

"It is an honor for me to be a recipient of this award, but it should really be given to all the members of the Gensler design firm for their commitment to the green building movement since the founding of the USGBC," said Gensler.

Simon co-founded his firm's Green Business Practice Group as well as USGBC's Northern California Chapter, and has been instrumental in leading the charge behind green and sustainability law.

"I'm humbled by this honor and eternally grateful for the opportunity USGBC has provided me to blend my passion with my profession," said Simon. "The green building movement's overwhelming and growing success is proof positive that a small group of passionate people can start a contagion that changes the world."

2012 Leadership Awards Recipients

  • Leadership in the NGO Sector: Tom Darden, Executive Director, Make It Right Foundation
  • Leadership in Advocacy: Tom Lent, Policy Director, Healthy Building Network; Bill Walsh, Founder, Healthy Building Network
  • Leadership in the Residential Sector: Steve Saunders, CEO, Texas Energy Solutions
  • Global Community Leadership Award: Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University; Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive; Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor of Syracuse
  • President's Award: M. Arthur Gensler Jr., Founder, Gensler; Donald Simon, Attorney, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, LLP

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and follow us on Twitter @USGBC , and Facebook at facebook.com/USGBC.

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 four-time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and the 2012 show will be held on Nov. 14-16, in San Francisco, Calif. Last year's conference in Toronto, Ontario, drew more than 23,000 attendees and featured a sold out exhibit hall floor with more than 1,700 exhibit booths. For more information, visit greenbuildexpo.org and follow us on Twitter @Greenbuild, and Facebook at facebook.com/Greenbuild.

 

USGBC and ICLEI Bring Together Leading Mayors in Addressing Solutions to Support Resilient Communities

Mayor Ralph Becker from Salt Lake City; Mayor George Heartwell from Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs
from Broward County, Fla. share local leadership on resiliency in the built environment.

Washington (Oct. 1 2012) - At the National Press Club today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) hosted the latest National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and National Security in the 21st Century, bringing together elected officials in a forum addressing local leadership on resiliency in the built environment.

Three nationally recognized sustainability leaders-the Hon. Ralph Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City; the Hon. George K. Heartwell, mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and the Hon. Kristin Jacobs, vice mayor of Broward County, Fla.-highlighted the efforts of local governments to ensure the resilience and security of their communities in response to growing energy and climate change challenges. The mayors were joined by Jason Hartke, Ph.D., vice president of national policy at USGBC, and Michael Schmitz, executive director of ICLEI USA.

"Buildings are one of the major pieces of the puzzle when it comes to being ready for disaster or being prepared for changing temperatures, stronger storms, more flooding and lengthier droughts. But it's our cities and counties that are on the frontlines dealing with all the pieces of the puzzle," said Jason Hartke, USGBC. "We should commend these local leaders for their bold leadership as they advance the new resiliency agenda. They are working everyday to ensure our communities value readiness, grow stronger and do it all greener." 

America must become more resilient - and that work begins by creating more resilient communities that can withstand challenges and bounce back,” said Michael Schmitz, ICLEI USA. “The leadership in Grand Rapids, Salt Lake City, and Broward County shows us the power of local solutions, and makes clear that preparedness is essential to maintaining our prosperity and our way of life.”

The three mayors each shared their local climate and energy challenges and their innovative approaches to resilience and sustainability.

“Around the world and across the United States, local communities are confronting apparent gaps in capacity for national and state leadership along with a resiliency to climate change,” said Mayor Heartwell. “Leaders must prepare for the impact of climate change and natural disasters and local leaders can incorporate policies and strategies to ensure their community will remain healthy and prosperous in the face of uncertain change. In Grand Rapids, we are addressing climate adaptation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions directly in our City’s Sustainability Plan through water conservation, energy efficiency, onsite renewable energy production, recycling, applying LEED practice and more.”

“Climate change poses significant challenges to the way in which we have historically viewed the resilience of our communities,” said Vice Mayor Jacobs. “This is true even in South Florida, where we are vulnerable, and even accustomed, to extreme weather and severe storms.”

“We need to look at climate change from a broader perspective. I am proud of the important progress we have made to reduce Salt Lake City’s carbon footprint as well as our efforts to adapt to the real and pressing effects of climate change,” said Mayor Becker. “The resilience of our built environment must be considered in all development moving forward. People want a community that’s sustainable and livable.”

The National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and National Security in the 21st Century serves as a forum for promoting a strategic vision for “resiliency” and features keynote speakers who are playing a leadership role in creating a safer, stronger and more sustainable future. Previous speakers include FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang. Notable figures in the public and private sectors, including officials from the White House, the federal agencies and departments, Congress, research and science institutions, members of the diplomatic corps and civil society were in attendance at today’s event. Ingersoll Rand generously supported this installment of the series.

About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and follow us on Twitter @USGBC, and Facebook at facebook.com/USGBC.

About ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading network of local governments committed to sustainability, clean energy, and climate action, with more than 1,000 cities and towns around the globe. ICLEI provides leading resources and technical guidance to help local governments reach their goals, and connects leaders to share solutions and accelerate progress. Visit www.icleiusa.org for more information.

 

Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam to Deliver Keynote Address at 2013 International CES

Mobile connected devices drive the industry as consumers seek mobility to stay connected

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that Lowell C. McAdam, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Verizon Communications, will deliver a keynote address at the 2013 International CES. The 2013 CES, the world's largest and most important technology event, runs January 8-11, 2013.

McAdam's keynote address will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8 in The Venetian's Palazzo Ballroom.

With more than 730 wireless exhibitors expected at the 2013 CES, mobile connected devices are driving the industry as consumers seek mobility to stay connected anywhere, anytime.

CEA research shows that smartphone sales will see continued growth this year and will remain the primary revenue driver for the industry. Shipment revenues for smartphones are expected to reach $33.7 billion in 2012, with more than 108 million units shipping to dealers, up 24 percent from 2011.

"As a world leader in providing innovation in communications, mobility and entertainment, Verizon's success comes from the key role it plays in the lives of consumers," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "We are excited to bring Lowell McAdam to the CES keynote stage to share his vision for the future of expanded access to technology, empowering consumers around the world."

McAdam succeeded Ivan Seidenberg as CEO on August 1, 2011 and as chairman on January 1, 2012. He currently oversees the operations of Verizon Communications, including all business units and staff functions. Previously, McAdam served as president and COO and had responsibility for the operations of the company's network-based businesses – Verizon Wireless and Verizon Telecom and Business – as well as Verizon Services Operations. He was also responsible for the technology management and CIO functions.

Holding executive positions at Verizon Wireless since its inception in 2000, McAdam built the company into the leading wireless provider, with the nation's largest, most reliable wireless voice and 3G broadband data network. He was president and CEO of Verizon Wireless from 2007 until being named COO of Verizon, and before that served as Verizon Wireless' executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Formerly, McAdam was president and CEO of PrimeCo Personal Communications, a joint venture owned by Bell Atlantic and Vodafone AirTouch. He also served as PrimeCo's chief operating officer, responsible for overseeing the deployment of the new company's customer service operations and all-digital network.

McAdam is a director of the National Academy Foundation, a partnership between business leaders and educators that helps high schools across the country establish and run technical and service academies to prepare students for college and careers.

The 2013 CES will feature 3,000 global technology companies unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 major product categories including the latest in audio, automotive electronics, connected home technologies, digital imaging/photography, electronic gaming, entertainment/content and more. For more information on the 2013 International CES, visit CESweb.org.

Note: The official name of the global technology event is "International CES." Subsequent references to the show can be shortened to "CES." Please do not use "Consumer Electronics Show" to refer to the International CES.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $206 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. www.ce.org 

 

New Cabling Course – will come to your site. Steve Paulov

Hands-On-Cabling Installation Course - At your Location

I will bring the course to your shop or office.

Real "hands-on" Skills:  With the tools each student will be issued, you will terminate 4 pair, categorys 5e and 6 and 25 pair cables on 66/110/Krone blocks, terminate several types of wall jacks, connectors, make a patch cord, cable your own patch panel and make a SC fiber Optic Connector.

Ethernet 100BaseTX and 10BaseT:  Cable guideliness will be presented to include general components used for selecting types of cables, including lengths of cable, and 568A & 568B pin outs.

Training Manual:  Consists of 650 page, 18 chapter manual, provided on a point to search DVD.

Our manual is very detailed, and laid out with concise details and illustrations and abosolutely no one lines.

Chapters to included: Entrance facilities, equipment rooms, telecomm rooms, terination of cables on punch down blocks, cabling and wiring the work outlet, wire and cable, horizontal cabling, pulling cables, distribution, jumpering, punching down a patch panel, relay racks and cabinets, grounding, Ethernet cabling, Ethernet RJ45 jacks, cross connecting, putting up plywood, pinouts, testing, cable management, pulling cables and fire stopping.

Data cabling certificate will be awarded.

Providing a minimum of 10 people, the price per person will on be $295. + expenses.

Need to know more? call me or email.    Thanks

Stephen C. Paulov, Ph.d.
INM Development
Innovation Integration & Implementation
Tele.  469.338.5731
Email. steve.inm@hotmail.com

 

Renaissance for the Automated Buildings – Article from ECMAG by Frank Bisbee

by Frank Bisbee
Published: September 2012

The integrated systems contractors are working diligently to create the automated buildings and campuses networks that will usher us into a 21st Century renaissance.

For the past decade and half, facility managers and systems contractors have tackled the challenges of the new technology with a stubborn “silo” approach. From electrical contractor, telecommunications contractor, IT/datacom network contractor, security and fire alarm systems contractor, and a host of other subspecialty contractors, each has approached the needs and wants of their customers from different perspectives and methodologies. The result is a group of systems that may be unable to communicate or integrate functions and/or services.

Whether these integrated systems are maximizing energy utilization, lighting control, HVACcontrols, security, safety, IT management, or telecommunications, the result is a structure that responds to our needs and keeps us comfortable, productive, and efficient, while keeping us safe and secure. Productivity is the brass ring, but efficiency is a close second.

For example, Bob Smith, operations manager, uses his employee access card to enter the building. The master system recognizes his location and logs him in, so he may be given access to his office, phone, computer, IT network, etc. If someone else tries to remotely access the central IT network as Bob Smith, security protocols will be activated.

Recent data has revealed that predictive analysis of crime statistics can enhance security by forecasting crime before it happens. Just another epiphany of the mind to broaden the use of technology.

The 21st century infrastructure contractor must coordinate a host of new and old tasks to implement the infrastructure that will take the building from a dumb “cave” to a charming “smart building.” The following are some of the hats the contractor may now have to wear:

  • Master systems integrator
  • Energy solutions/services provider
  • Commissioning agent
  • BIM modeler
  • EMS provider
  • Building energy model expert
  • ESCO
  • Fire/security designer
  • Control systems integrator
  • Lighting systems designer
  • IT and telecommunications network expert

The flood of new technology threatens to overwhelm us. Many of the latest technological breakthroughs are underappreciated and not fully understood when it comes to possible applications. General Motors installed its first production line robot (to spot weld some small items on the auto body) in 1961. Robotics are creating and killing jobs in many areas outside of manufacturing.

Low-voltage cabling (once the domain of the telephone company) has become a sizable revenue stream for the specialty electrical contractors. This area has expanded to assimilate access controls, security cameras, HVAC sensors, telephone and data networks and a host of other signaling dependent systems (including fire alarm).

The 11th Commandment should be “Thou shall not get away with it.” When it comes to life safety systems, cutting corners or using substandard materials may cause the entire system to fail.

With energy costs rising to new heights, the building owners and managers are looking for a contractor to help them design, implement and maintain systems that will maximize the efficiency of the power systems in their structures. In the realm of HVAC, keeping the tenants happy and productive is a mandatory consideration for these flexible systems. An empty building is just a storage box, and the mortgage lives on.

According to James Carlini, a long-time advisor on intelligent amenities in intelligent buildings and now intelligent business campuses, "Everyone involved in the building process, from the property owner to the architect, and from the mechanical engineer to the electrical engineer, has to take on a broader perspective outside of their own expertise to make these new 21st Century facilities successful."

With all the systems converging, as well as the consideration of the cornerstones that supports what Carlini defines as "the platform for commerce" (real estate, infrastructure, technology, and regional economic development), “It is not enough to have single focus skills.”

Today, we need multi-disciplinary focus. As Carlini said, "You cannot solve 21st Century challenges with 20th Century solutions." Understanding how all the building blocks go together is a new skill that has to be added to the individual skill sets already developed.

Upgrades are never simple
A new VOIP unified communications system may have a specification for Cat 5e or 6 cabling. However, in the facility that will be upgraded with the new communications system, the actual installed cable runs are shorter than the maximum distance (TIA 568 standard - 100 meters). The installed cables (possibly Cat 5) are tested to verify that may deliver the required performance of the new system without the need for replacement. Sometimes, just upgrading the jack delivers the performance needed. These simple steps can extend the functional life of the infrastructure and reduce the project costs. Remember, nothing goes to the bottom line faster than reduced expenses.

Installed cables with lower performance may also be used in the future to connect sensors to other systems like HVAC, lighting controls, or security/life safety.

Structured wiring systems are making great strides in speed, distance and bandwidth. With fiber optic cabling, we may have to reboot the entire concept of low-voltage structured wiring.

“Everything is moving toward fiber optic cabling,” said John Culbert, president, Megladon Manufacturing, the maker of the ScratchGuard HLC Connector. “With lower costs and higher performance, the future looks like fiber to the home and desktop.”

Within the world of commercial real estate (CRE), there have been numerous reports of new business ventures that plan to provide infrastructure capable of delivering a broad spectrum of sophisticated services to the multiple dwelling unit (MDU) world, such as apartments, condos, assisted living, and multitenant facilities, etc. These programs will require some visionary staff who are not afraid to go boldly forward. Continental Automated Building Association’s (CABA) president, Ron Zimmer, reminded us that the future of smart buildings includes residential in all of its configurations.

Do you need more examples of future-shock? Virtual reality is here, and it can have myriad applications.

One thing is sure. The integrated systems contractor is in an enviable position for sustainable growth without regard for the state of the economy. New applications and technology will be expanding into our world in ways that we haven’t considered yet.

Some day the complexity of the machine will exceed the capabilities of the human brain.

What could possibly go wrong?

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

 

Finalists Announced for 2012 Best of 4G Awards

4G World Conference and Expo awards program recognizes those that are driving innovation and the adoption of 4G mobile broadband

SAN FRANCISCO – October 15, 2012 – 4G World 2012 Conference and Expo today announced finalists in the Best of 4G Awards. The awards recognize leaders in the development and deployment of 4G technologies and are presented as part of 4G World, which takes place, Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 at McCormick Place in Chicago. More information is available at www.4gworld.com

4G World is the largest event in the world covering the entire ecosystem of next-generation technologies and business models that power the mobile Internet industry and economy. This year marks the fourth annual Best of 4G Awards. Winners will be announced at the 4G World 2012 Awards Reception being held at 4G World on Monday, October 29, 2012.

"Entries received in this year’s program have yet again raised the bar," said Joe Braue, General Manager of 4G World and Executive Vice President at UBM TechWeb. "Our panel of judges was very impressed with the quality of submissions and nominations that they reviewed."

“We’re very pleased to be able to recognize so many contributors to the innovation and success of 4G technologies,” added Kathleen Mitchell, Senior Director, Marketing of 4G World.  “All those who submitted or were nominated should be proud of their achievements.”

Finalists for the Best of 4G Awards include:

Mobile Broadband Technology Innovation

·         ADTRAN, Inc. - Mobile Data Offload

·         Alcatel-Lucent S.A. - New Conversation APIs

·         Radisys Corporation - MPX-12000

RAN and Small Cell Technology Product

·         Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. - Transcede 2000-series system-on-chip (SoC)

·         Nokia Siemens Networks - Flexi Zone

·         Samsung Electronics Company Ltd. - Smart LTE Networks

4G Smartphone and Tablet Product Innovation

·         Qualcomm Incorporated - Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Processor

·         Samsung Telecommunications America - Samsung Galaxy S III

·         Samsung Telecommunications America - Samsung Galaxy Note

 

User Experience and Policy Management Solution

·         Alcatel-Lucent S.A. - 5780 Dynamic Services Controller

·         NetScout Systems, Inc. - nGenius Service Assurance Solution

·         Radisys Corporation - RMS-220 Network Appliance Platform

 

Mobile Cloud Enabler

·         Aepona Ltd. - API Monetization Platform

·         Location Labs - Sparkle® mobile cloud platform

·         Wistron NeWeb Corporation - 4G Mobile Hotspot

 

Mobile Backhaul and Core Network Innovation

·         Alcatel-Lucent S.A. - Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Backhaul Solution

·         Broadcom Corporation - BCM56240 Switch Series

·         Citrix - Citrix ByteMobile T1100 Traffic Director

 

Impactful M2M Application or Solution

·         Berkeley Varitronics Systems - Squid PRO with EVDO

·         Jasper Wireless - cloud-based M2M Services

·         RACO Wireless - Omega Management Suite

 

Solution for Spectrum Optimization

·         Ericsson - end-to-end VoLTE solution portfolio

·         Nokia Siemens Networks - Flexi Multiradio Base Station 

·         Samsung Electronics Company Ltd. - Smart VoLTE

 

Best ‘Connected Life’ Application or Solution

·         Alcatel-Lucent S.A. - Alcatel-Lucent 4G Consumer Communications Solution

·         Amdocs - Amdocs Connected Home Solution

·         Qualcomm Incorporated - 2net™ Platform and Hub

 

Mobile Innovation by a Start-up

·         Amarisoft - Amari LTE 100

·         LocalResponse - social advertising platform

·         WiMM Labs - Micro Apps Platform

Connect with 4G World

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About 4G World

4G World is the first and only conference and expo covering the entire ecosystem of next-generation 4G technologies that enable the mobile Internet revolution, including mobile network infrastructure, advanced devices, applications and content. Owned and operated by UBM TechWeb, this show provides insight into the state of the industry today and explores forward-looking advancements that will affect operators within the mobile ecosystem in the years ahead. As a ubiquitous network takes hold in the mature markets of North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, operators are anticipating massive growth in broadband data usage and planning their network migration strategies and business models for monetizing mobile Internet services. 4G World offers attendees an opportunity to research state-of-the-practice business models and advanced mobile technologies, and learn from other operators about what works and what doesn’t, as they migrate their networks to 4G. For more information, visit www.4GWorld.com.

About UBM TechWeb

UBM TechWeb the global leader in technology media and professional information, enables people and organizations to harness the transformative power of technology. Through its three core businesses – media solutions, marketing services and paid content – UBM TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed brands and media applications in the technology market. More than 14.5 million business and technology professionals (CIOs and IT managers, Web & Digital professionals, Software Developers, Government decision makers, and Telecom providers) actively engage in UBM TechWeb's communities and information resources monthly. UBM TechWeb brands include: global face-to-face events such as Interop, Cloud Connect, Black Hat and Enterprise Connect; award-winning online resources such as InformationWeek, Light Reading, and Network Computing; and market-leading magazines InformationWeek, Wall Street & Technology, and Advanced Trading. UBM TechWeb is a part of UBM plc, one of the world's largest media businesses as a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

 

NECA 2012 Las Vegas Breaks Records for Electrical Industry Event

Over 5,000 Participate in Convention, Trade Show

BETHESDA, MD – The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) wrapped up its 2012 Convention and Trade Show last week with several exciting days of education and exploration at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Over 5,000 attendees enjoyed inspiring presentations from Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and optimistic futurist Peter Diamandis, plus more than 300 exhibitors from across the electrical construction industry at the largest NECA Show in recent memory.

The 2012 event marked NECA’s return to Las Vegas in 13 years, as well as a return to pre-recession attendance numbers. “It really speaks to the strength of the electrical industry that so many new contractors and exhibitors were able to join us this year. We had the largest number of management and technical workshops we’ve ever offered, and I think that really help us grow,” said Beth Ellis, NECA Executive Director, Convention/Expo. “The industry has changed rapidly, and people know that NECA is going to have innovation front and center at our convention and trade show.”

Some new features Ellis hopes will return for NECA 2013 Washington, DC (Oct. 12-15) will be education tracks, which allowed attendees to base their education schedule on a single topic, and the NECA 2012 app for smart phones and tablets. “The app was a huge success, with over 1,000 downloads.” Ellis said. “Once people realized they could have the entire schedule, trade show map and session handouts on their phone for free, getting around and collecting information was easier.” The NECA 2012 app will remain active for the next year.

Another popular speaker was negotiator-extraordinaire Stuart Diamond, who brought his “people first” philosophy to the convention’s Labor Relations General Session. “Negotiations aren’t between opposing sides or forces. They’re between people,” Diamond said at the event. “When we start by recognizing everyone’s basic humanity, we start getting more.”

“Stuart Diamond was great,” said Gina Addeo, ADCO Electric Corp., Staten Island, NY. “Listening to what our customers expect is essential to getting the job done right. I like how he said, ‘you are the least important part of a negotiation.’ It’s a reminder to get out our own way.”

The Lifestyle Session at NECA 2012 featured chef Jeff Henderson, best known for turning his life around after his arrest for dealing drugs into a career as an executive chef and Food Network personality. “I didn’t get arrested – I got rescued from the streets,” Henderson told the hundreds who gathered to hear his inspiring message. His infectious enthusiasm and easy smile kept the attendees’ optimistic spirit buoyed as he signed autographs, shared his books and hugged fans at the event.

NECA 2012 Las Vegas kicked off with a beach party at Mandalay Bay, and Le Reve aquatic theater at The Wynn closed the event. An exhibitor/attendee with GRAYBAR told us that from start to finish, this show was “FIRST CLASS with many opportunities to learn and earn.”

MARK YOUR 2013 CALENDAR

NECA’s 2013 Convention and Trade Show will be held at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, Oct. 12-15, 2013. Preliminary meeting information can be found on www.necaconvention.org and highlights, pictures and daily video broadcasts from NECA 2012 Las Vegas can be found on blog.necaconvention.org.

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

Stay on top of developments as this show comes together and stay current with emerging technologies in the pages of the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine. www.ecmag.com

 

Ban The Whining – Do Something = COMMENTARY by Joe Salimando

By Joe Salimando - ecdotcom@gmail.com; see Joe’s blog at www.electricalcontractor.com.

Special to HOTS - Heard On The Street monthly column

It’s easy to complain. At any given moment, there IS something (or perhaps a lot of things) wrong. But there is always something that can be done. Some examples:

1. Over the years, electrical distributors have complained to me about their electrical contractor customers. ECs “cherry pick” quotations (buying items A, K and W from Distributor 1 and B, G and Z from Distributor 2, etc.). And: They routinely over-order – returning the unneeded items for full credit. Or: The distributor’s #1 salesman is so close with his contractor customers, he’s taking orders at a ridiculously low margin.

          What happens when you do something about these things? One distributor exec told me that one big area contractor typically ordered 125% of what was needed on each project. That “extra” 25% was returned, for credit, to the distributor. This had a huge cost, which wasn’t being shifted (at all) to the EC.

          One day, the distributor exec summoned up the courage to speak to the EC company owner, man-to-man. The conversation went along the lines of “your routine ordering practices are killing our company.”

          What happened? The contractor – aware of good service he had obtained from this distributor – stopped the stupendous over-ordering.

2. Alternatively, I’ve heard from electrical contractors about providing assistance to their customers. A customer wants to upgrade its cabling; or an architectural firm wants some budget prices; or a GC wants help with BIM or design-build implementation.

          In some cases, the ECs have provided this help when asked . . . “no strings attached.” In every case in which a contractor has described this disaster to me, the base (and often unspoken) assumption was: “We help you, we don’t charge you, we get the job (as long as our prices are reasonable).”

          What can develop: The party that got the help, free of strings or an invoice, then proceeds to bid the job out – and give it to the low bidder (typically not the contracting company with the overhead to provide the kind of assistance we’re talking about).

          There are ways around this. One is for the contractor to get a legal document that says: “If we help you, and someone else does the electrical/cabling work, we get paid $250/hour for assistance which you requested.”

          (And maybe $250/hr is not enough!)

          Another way is to achieve some solace would be to do what a cabling expert described to me as “put a bomb” in the design provided. If the customer bids the thing out as the contractor prepared the project, the winning bidder will find one or more essential elements “missing” in the job.

          What happens next? BOOM!

3. Lighting designers and their pet peeve about electrical contractors – referenced as “value engineering” – constitute my favorite, always-in-season variety of Whine. As I’ve been around the electrical industry since 1979; I would swear to you I’ve seen this one pop up its incredibly stupid head at least three times.

          As it goes: We designed a lighting project, and it was beautiful, and provided the right light – but the electrical contractor came in, cut the cost, value-engineering it, and now it’s ugly and the light quality sucks.

          Here’s what actually happened: The lighting designer produced the best lighting design for that given building that could be conceived by the minds of humans. However: Executing that design created a mega-project, with the Lighting coming in at a Big Number.

          Next: The ultimate customer looked at the cost of the thing, turned 15 different colors (various shades of Red) . . . and said: “We gotta get that number a lot lower.”

          NOTE: It’s not the electrical contractor who determines that prices need to be cut. The EC can’t and (usually) won’t mess with the lighting design without the customer expressly requesting that he do that. It takes overhead time. It’s hard for ECs to build overhead time into projects (it was hard in the very good times, and it’s impossible now). Therefore: ECs don’t routinely “value engineer” a job without being asked.

          What’s the solution? A lighting designer could anticipate that this is going to happen (it happens often enough, and it ain’t new) – and prepare an alternative design that is a Dodge Dart instead of a Tesla Roadster. Or the designer could contact the EC ahead of time and offer to provide help if “value engineering” becomes part of the project . . . most ECs don’t have numerous lighting experts on staff.

Since 1979, Salimando has worked – as a writer, editor, and publisher in and around the electrical industry. Contact him at ecdotcom@gmail.com; see his blog at www.electricalcontractor.com.

 

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