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Issue: September 2011
By: Frank Bisbee


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THE END OF AN ERROR

We are overdue for a safety update on CMP cable construction – look at LSZH & RoHS cables instead

Dusty legacy of 9/11 still a medical mystery

Published - Sep 01 2011 01:11PM EST

By DAVID B. CARUSO - Associated Press

NEW YORK — Like a lot of New Yorkers who spent time near the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center, Lorraine Ashman needs to take a deep breath before listing all the health problems that have afflicted her over the past decade.

First she got bronchiolitis and a constant cough that lasted for months. Then there were sinus infections, nine so far. She had pneumonia. She's developed immune system problems, vitamin deficiencies and a sensitivity to gluten. She had acid reflux so bad it damaged the lining of her esophagus.

"I've just been sick non-stop," she said. "Being on antibiotics 12 months out of the year is an insane way to live ... I take 17 pills in the morning and six at night."

Ashman, 57, blames it all on the sooty air she inhaled in the two months she worked as a volunteer near ground zero.

Science, however, is less sure.

A decade's worth of study has answered only a handful of questions about the hundreds of health conditions that people like Ashman suspect are related to the tons of gray dust that fell on the city when the trade center collapsed.

While people have blamed everything from strange rashes to skin cancer on the dust, the list of illnesses even tentatively linked to the disaster is short.

Researchers have documented increased asthma rates among people exposed to the dust. Unusually high numbers of people have been diagnosed with chronic sinus problems, or inflammation of their nasal passages that makes their nose run constantly and causes a drippy cough. Many have also developed chronic heartburn caused by a stomach acid condition known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Doctors at clinics that treat ground zero workers and volunteers believe that exposure to the dust, which was made up of tons of pulverized concrete, glass, and other building materials, may have irritated some people's upper respiratory systems so much that many still haven't recovered.

"We think it has set up a cycle of chronic irritation," said Dr. Michael Crane, director of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. "It's a very disturbing condition. It keeps people up at night."

Luckily, he said, those symptoms are also highly controllable. Patients can use antihistamine and steroid sprays and a saline rinse to ease their discomfort. Asthma isn't curable, but can be controlled through medication and quick-relief inhalers. A smaller group of people have had surgery to relieve sinus problems.

For many of the thousands getting treatment, however, fear runs deep. They aren't worried about a nagging cough, or a frequent runny nose. They are worried about cancer.

And here, experts said, evidence of a tie has been lacking.

Hundreds of people exposed to trade center dust have, indeed, gotten cancer, and many have died, but that hasn't surprised doctors. Cancer is a leading killer of people in the U.S., even among people in their 40s. Many of the cancers now afflicting people who spent time on the debris pile can develop over decades, meaning the disease could have been simmering away unnoticed in their bodies for many years before 9/11.

Researchers don't know whether trade center dust put large numbers of people at risk for severe lung conditions like pulmonary fibrosis, either. There have been some studies suggesting a small excess in cases of the immune system problem sarcoidosis among firefighters, but the number of cases has run in the dozens. People who were at ground zero have complained of kidney problems, liver problems, chronic headaches, stroke, various types of chemical poisoning, strange rashes _ none of which have been connected to the dust.

Doctors can't agree on many cases.

In the most famous case, a medical examiner in New Jersey blamed the 2006 death of disabled New York City police detective James Zadroga on tiny World Trade Center particles embedded in his lungs, only to have that finding challenged by New York City's medical examiner, who concluded that the particles were caused by prescription drug abuse.

Sorting fact from fear is only going to get tougher over the next decade.

The median age for a first responder at ground zero on 9/11 was 38, meaning a majority of these men and women are now nearing 50, an age when all manner of health problems begin to emerge.

Some things about the illnesses people are getting have puzzled scientists. Many of the people now experiencing sinus problems and asthma-like symptoms said they felt absolutely fine for years after their exposure to the dust. They weren't coughing. They could run up a flight of stairs without getting winded. Then, sometimes quite suddenly, their condition came out of nowhere.

Crane said the Mt. Sinai clinic is still getting about 100 new patients every month, and he doesn't think they are fakers, or people overreacting to intense media coverage of the issue. They are almost all people, he said, who are initially reluctant to consider the idea that their persistent illnesses might be linked to time they spent at the World Trade Center.

Caught in the middle of the search for scientific truth are people like Stephen Petrovich, a 60-year-old Ukrainian Orthodox Church priest from Huron, Ohio, who says he drove to New York after the terror attacks and spent a little over two weeks at ground zero volunteering as a chaplain.

Today, he is in a hospice, wheezing and short of breath from a lung condition that he believes was caused by breathing smoke at the site.

"There is nothing they can do. I was told I've got 18 months. It could be 18 months. It could be less. It could be two years. It just depends on how fast this goes through me," he said. "I just hope to God that I die in my sleep."

There are others who endure a different kind of suffering _ nightmares, depression and anxiety. Post-traumatic stress disorder, along with common respiratory ailments, is what scientists can most strongly link to their experience at the trade center site. New York City's health commissioner, Thomas Farley, said researchers estimate that as many as 19 percent of the people enrolled in the city's trade center health registry have PTSD.

He said those psychological problems, in the end, could be just as serious a public health problem as physical issues caused by the dust.

The sick include more than 10,000 construction workers, police officers, firefighters and others who spent time clearing ground zero of debris who sued the city and contractors over their illnesses; a legal settlement worth well over $700 million was reached this year.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat who helped lead a push to create a multibillion-dollar health care and compensation package for ground zero workers last year, said that everywhere she goes, she hears stories from people whose health has mysteriously deteriorated.

"I've seen very strong, healthy ironworkers ... they are strong people. Big strong people. And over the years I've seen them just shrink and shrink," she said.

There has been a lot of talk about adding cancer to the list of illnesses covered by the World Trade Center health bill _ one that was named after Zadroga.

Maloney said she understands that there needs to be a scientific basis to expand the range of diseases, but she notes that scientists and politicians debated for decades over the health risks of smoking.

"There has to be a scientific basis," she said. "But we also don't want to have to wait too long to help people who are suffering."

 

Cabling: What You Don’t See Can Blind You

 

By Frank Bisbee

 

Imagine a fire drill (office building, hospital, or school) where everyone was required to wear a blindfold while exiting the building.  That seems sort of ridiculous, but that may replicate part of the scenario that may occur if there is a real fire.  Thick black smoke or colorless and odorless gas can have the same effect on the individual. 

 

Gas emissions, due to the heat decomposition of some return-air plenum (CMP) communications cable materials, are dangerous, because when they come in contact with water (even minute amounts), they immediately form acid.  The water source that the gasses use to form these acids can be found almost anywhere-moisture in the eyes, throat and lungs of individuals with whom it comes in contact. For example: due to the heat decomposition, FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), may emit a colorless and odorless hydrogen fluoride gas, which becomes hydrofluoric acid in the eyes, nose and throat of the individuals exposed to the gas.

 

During a fire, the occupants should try to exit the structure immediately. However, they may be blinded and choking from either heavy smoke or acids from invisible gasses.   Typically, fire injuries and death can occur as a result of a two-stage process. The first stage is incapacitation, which results from exposure to fire effluent consisting of smoke and a range of toxic products.  This is followed by the second stage of death resulting from continued exposure to heat and toxic gasses, with carbon monoxide particularly important as an ultimate cause of death.

 

The incapacitation hazard from smoke, irritant and asphyxiant toxic gases is a critically important factor. Conditions in most fires rapidly become lethal within a few minutes of those conditions causing incapacitation.

 

For many years we have acknowledged the issues of reduced flame spread and low smoke generation.  The cables that are located in the plenum space (usually above the ceiling) are potential concealed highways for a fire to spread.  Reduced flame spread is part of the safety formula.  The low smoke generation property of the cable is designed to inhibit the obscuration factor associated with thick smoke.  We need to see the exit signs and the pathways to safety.  Smoke also has a choking effect when inhaled.  That is one more reason to limit the smoke.  Both flame spread and smoke are part of the testing criteria (UL910/NFPA 262 for CMP) for communications cables for use in return-air plenum space.    

 

Safety is too important to ignore.  There are two major areas of concern that remain undressed in the NEC 2002 (National Electric Code).  As businesses are besieged with higher insurance premiums and liability litigation about the safety issue, we asked the "BIG" question.  Does the testing process for fire safety measure the TOXICITY of the cables when overheated or burned?  The answer is shockingly "NO".    

 

Measuring toxicity output from cables used in building air systems is NOT part of the testing criteria for communications cables.  This important aspect of safety is completely absent from the criteria of the current of the NEC 2002 (National Electric Code) and the proposed criteria of the upcoming NEC 2005. 

 

During the past several decades, we have seen the effect of product “toxicity” on various industries and the victims.  No one can ignore the echoing repercussions from tobacco, asbestos, and lead.  The finger pointing and lawsuits continue to be prominent in the news.  One common area of these products seems to be the failure to warn the buyers/users about the dangers.

 

Currently in the cabling marketplace, limited combustible cable is touted as the premier cable construction for fire safety.  Limited combustible cable (by all current manufacturers) is only insulated and jacketed with FEP. 

 

The fire testing (per NFPA 90A-National Fire Protection Association) includes maximum potential heat value of 3500 btu/lb, and maximum smoke developed index of 50 for the NFPA 255 surface burning characteristics test.  The cable is UL (Underwriters Laboratories) approved and marked CMP-Limited Combustible.  The testing (NFPA 90A) for smoke generation and flame spread is more stringent that the tests (UL910/NFPA 262) for CMP.  At this time, FEP appears to be the only material commercially available that will pass the LC test.  

 

In the last cycle of the National Electric Code (NEC 2002) an important development for the cabling industry took place.  The need to reduce the fuel load in the return air plenums was identified and the code added a provision for the removal of "abandoned" cable.

 

Currently, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is wrestling with new issues for cabling safety that will be considered for the next cycle of the NEC (NEC 2005).  In mid August, the NFPA 90A committee is scheduled to meet to deal with several areas of concern.  Topics included in their published agenda, are the discussions about the use and applications of limited combustible cable.  Several parties have discussed the use of limited combustible cables in air ducts in addition to the currently approved return air plenums. 

 

One of the underlying issues of the limited combustible cable is safety.  Is limited combustible cable really safer?  We looked into the question of toxicity. Toxicity is an important area that can affect the overall safety of cables that are installed in the building air systems.   Can cables emit toxic gases when heated beyond their operating threshold?   Currently, cable products are tested for smoke generation and flame spread.  Toxicity is not measured.  However, toxicity can have a major impact on the safety issue because toxicity can affect the same functions that we are trying to control with low smoke and reduced flame spread materials in the cabling.

 

In summary, what you can't see can blind you and what you don't know about cabling might kill you. After of years of research we have determined that there is no PERFECT cable.  The best solution seems to be a fully informed buyer/user.  What is the safety performance rating of your cable?

 

 

Further Info: Web Resources

 

For more information on fire safety or the abandoned cable removal issue, see these locations on the Web:

 

*  Combustion atmosphere toxicity of materials intended for internal cables - white paper by Borealis 

http://www.borealisgroup.com/public/pdf/customer_centre/0202toxicity_FROCC.pdf

 

* Hydrofluoric Acid MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) by DuPont

http://msds.dupont.com/msds/pdfs/EN/PEN_09004a2f801b4efc.pdf

 

* Environmental Working Group – www.ewg.org 

* Toxics Use Reduction Initiative – www.turi.org.

* Explanation of NEC abandoned cable requirements (from a contractor’s site): Go to this URL, click on “Abandoned Cable NEC Code Summary” www.henkelsandmccoy.com/LOB/NetworkCablingSolutions/ncs.asp .

 

*"Cabling: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You" article by Stephen Saunders

http://www.wireville.com/news/Cabling%20Can%20Kill%20You.html 

 

Bisbee is president of Communication Planning Corp. (Jacksonville, Fla.), a telecom/datacom design-build firm (www.communicationplanning.com). Bisbee, a communications consultant, also provides a free monthly summary of industry news, "Heard on the Street," column on  www.Wireville.com .

 

DuPont TEFLON® FEP – fluorinated ethylene propylene – used in the hundreds of millions of feet of cabling in the World Trade Center and surrounding buildings. CMP Plenum (NEC) approved UTP copper cable contains DuPont Teflon® FEP. (Untested by the NFPA for TOXICITY).

 

Here’s What Outgases Under Heat:

http://tuberose.com/Teflon.htmlb

DuPont scientists list the hallmark human symptoms of polymer fume fever as tightness of chest, malaise, shortness of breath, headache, cough, chills, temperatures between 100 and 104°F, and sore throat, based on a survey of complaints registered by workers who were struck by the illness. Based on this suite of symptoms, cases of polymer fume fever from home exposures could easily be mistaken for the common flu. The toxic particles and gases identified as Teflon offgas products, and the temperature at which they are first identified in the studies reviewed, are shown below, with toxicity information that is drawn primarily from high dose animal studies, the only source of information available for most of the chemicals:

464°F - Ultrafine particulate matter: Teflon produces very small (ultrafine) particles which are very toxic, causing extreme lung damage to rats within 10 minutes of exposure. Longer exposures cause death. At higher temperatures, Teflon also produces toxic gases. Some scientists have found that the particles and gases together are responsible for Teflon's toxicity, perhaps because the gases adsorb to the particles, which because of their small size can lodge deep in the lower respiratory tract.

680°F - Tetrafluoroethylene (TFE): The National Toxicology Program considers tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) to be a "reasonably anticipated" human carcinogen because it is known to cause cancer in laboratory animals, but has not been adequately studied in people. In rats, inhaled TFE causes tumors of the kidney tubules, liver, blood vessels in the liver and one form of leukemia (mononuclear). Mice that breathe TFE develop tumors of the liver and tumors that develop in blood vessels in the liver or white blood cells.

680°F - Hexafluoropropene (HFP): In people, air exposure to fluorocarbons like HFP can lead to eye, nose and throat irritation; heart palpitations, irregular heart rate, headaches, light-headedness, fluid accumulation in the lung (edema) and possibly death. Long-term exposure in workers is associated with decreased motor speed, memory and learning. In mice and rats, inhalation of hexafluoropropene (HFP) causes kidney lesions, decreased numbers of a type of immune cell (lymphocyte) and increased urination. HFP also causes increased numbers of chromosomal abnormalities in hamster ovaries. HFP can also be added to pesticides as an "inert" ingredient, which does not mean that it is non-toxic, but only that is not the pesticide active ingredient. Another example of a pesticide inert ingredient is butyl benzyl phthalate, a chemical well known to cause serious birth defects of the male reproductive system in laboratory animals.

680°F - Trifluoroacetic acid (TFA): Very few studies have looked at the toxicity of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), but those that have found decreased growth of fetal rat bone-forming cells (osteoblast) and cartilage cells (chondrocytes), and neural tube defects in rat embryos at high concentrations. Other studies show that HCFC-123, a hydrofluorocarbon that breaks down into TFA, causes enlarged liver and decreased levels of glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol in adult animals. But, it is unclear whether these effects are due to HCFC-123 or a metabolite. A monkey study found the TFA concentration in the fetus was two to six times higher than in the mother's blood following dosing with HCFC-123. The long-term environmental impacts of TFA are unknown, but it is extremely persistent and toxic to plants. TFA is also a breakdown product of many hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as replacement for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are potent ozone depleters used in refrigeration systems, aerosols and other products. Recently, scientists have suggested that high levels of TFA in the environment could be partly due to heated Teflon and other fluoropolymers because measured environmental levels are higher than predicted, based on breakdown of HCFCs and HFCs alone.

680°F - Difluoroacetic acid (DFA): Very little is known about the toxicity of difluoroacetic acid (DFA), although kidney toxicity has been reported in rats.

680°F - Monofluoroacetic acid (MFA, fluoroacetic acid or compound 1080): Monofluoroacetic acid is extremely toxic, doses as low as 0.7 to 2.1 mg/kg can kill people. Initially, people report nausea, vomiting, numbness, tingling, anxiety, muscle twitching, low blood pressure and blurred vision. If exposure is high enough, people can have irregular heart rate (ventricular fibrillation), heart attacks, and severe convulsions leading to respiratory failure. MFA quickly breaks down into a chemical called fluoroacetate. Sodium fluoroacetate was previously used as a powerful rodent killer (rodenticide). In the body, it breaks down into sodium and fluoroacetate, which is responsible for the toxicity. Sodium fluoroacetate kills rodents, and other animals, by inhibiting the tricarboxylic acid cycle which transforms energy found in food to energy the body uses. Sodium fluoroacetate also causes heart and respiratory failure, central nervous system depression and damage to the testes, including decreased sperm production.

878°F - Silicon tetrafluoride (SiF4): Silicon tetrafluoride is a highly toxic, corrosive gas. In the lungs, moisture causes the silicon particles to separate, releasing toxic hydrofluoric acid and also coating the lung with silicon particles. Inhaling hydrofluoric acid can cause eye and throat irritation, cough, difficult breathing, bluish skin color caused by lack of oxygen, lung damage and fluid accumulation in the lung (edema). Long term exposure can cause weight loss, decreased numbers of red and white blood cells (anemia and leukopenia), discoloration of the teeth and abnormal thickening of the bone (osteosclerosis).

887°F - Perfluoroisobutene (PFIB): Perfluoroisobutene (PFIB) is extremely toxic and inhalation can lead to fluid build up in the lung (edema), a condition that can lead to death. PFIB is listed in the Chemical Weapons Convention as a Schedule 2 compound. PFIB is about ten times more toxic than phosgene, a highly toxic corrosive gas also listed as a chemical weapon. In water, PFIB breaks down into hydrogen fluoride which is also very toxic (see below). Short-term symptoms of PFIB exposure in people include bad taste in mouth, nausea and weakness. Lung edema occurs about one to four hours after exposure, which is life-threatening in some cases, but in most people clears up in about 3 days.

932°F - Carbonyl fluoride (COF2): Breakdown of Teflon (PTFE) in air is the major source of carbonyl fluoride exposure. Carbonyl fluoride is the fluorine version of phosgene, a chlorinated chemical warfare agent. Carbonyl fluoride fumes can irritate eyes, ears and nose. More serious symptoms of exposure include chest pains, breathing difficulty, fluid accumulation in the lungs, weakness, liver damage and increased glucose levels. Because carbonyl fluoride breaks down into hydrogen fluoride and carbon dioxide, it causes many of the same toxic effects as hydrogen fluoride (see below).

932°F - Hydrogen fluoride (HF): Hydrogen fluoride (HF) is a toxic corrosive gas, and can cause death to any tissue it comes into contact with, including the lungs. The toxicity of HF is due to the fluoride ion and not the hydrogen ion. Breathing HF can cause severe lung damage, such as fluid buildup in the lungs (edema) and inflammation of lung passages (pneumonia). The fluoride ion (charged particle) is extremely toxic. It is a small ion and weak acid that diffuses quickly and can pass through tissues with relative ease. Fluoride ions inhibit cell respiration, decreasing production of ATP, the major form of chemical energy used by the body. Fluoride attacts cell membranes causing cells to die. The fluoride ion is negatively charged and naturally likes to react with positively charged ions in the body like calcium and magnesium. When fluoride and calcium bind, creating a "precipitate," a life-threatening condition of decreased calcium (hypocalcemia) can occur. Left untreated, decreases in calcium (and magnesium) can cause abnormal heart rhythm leading to heart attack, muscle spasms and death. Calcium administration is the main treatment for HF poisoning.

1112°F - Trifluoroacetic acid fluoride (CF3COF): Trifluoroacetic acid fluoride is toxic, mostly because it breaks down into hydrogen fluoride, which is very toxic, and trifluoroacetic acid. The few studies that have looked at the toxicity of TFA found decreased growth of fetal rat bone-forming cells (osteoblast) and cartilage cells (chondrocytes), and neural tube defects in rat embryos at high concentrations. Other studies show that HCFC-123, a hydrofluorocarbon that breaks down into TFA, causes enlarged liver and decreased levels of glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol in adult animals, but it is unclear whether these effects are due to HCFC-123 or a metabolite. A monkey study found TFA in the fetus was two to six times higher than in the mother's blood following dosing with HCFC-123, a hydrofluorocarbon that breaks down into TFA. Fluoride ion (charged particle) is extremely toxic. It is a small ion and weak acid that diffuses quickly and can pass through tissues with relative ease.

Fluoride ions inhibit cell respiration, decreasing production of ATP, the major form of chemical energy used by the body. Fluoride attracts cell membranes causing cells to die. The fluoride ion is negatively charged and naturally likes to react with positively charged ions in the body like calcium and magnesium. When fluoride and calcium bind, creating a "precipitate," a life-threatening condition of decreased calcium (hypocalcemia) can occur. Left untreated, decreases in calcium (and magnesium) can cause abnormal heart rhythm leading to heart attack, muscle spasms and death. Calcium administration is the main treatment for HF toxicity.

1112°F - Octafluorocyclobutane (OFCB): Octaflurocyclobutane is a fluorine-containing gas that is used in the semiconductor industry, sold as Zyron 8020 by DuPont. According to DuPont, inhaling high levels of octafluorocyclobutane can cause heart beat irregularities, unconsciousness and death. People with pre-existing heart conditions may be extra vulnerable. Only a few toxicity studies in animals are available for octafluorocyclobutane. In one study, rats exposed to a one-time-only inhaled exposure of octafluorocyclobutane lost weight and had abnormal breathing. Dogs that inhaled high concentrations (10-25% air), and were dosed with the stimulant epinephrine, had heart problems. According to DuPont, tests for genetic damage in insects are "inconclusive."

1112°F - Perfluorobutane (PFB, Trade Name CEA-410): As a global warming chemical, perfluorobutane has a long half-life in the upper atmosphere and has over 8,000 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Perfluorobutane is not as acutely toxic as other PTFE off-gases, but has not been tested for long-term effects.

1202°F - Carbon tetrafluoride (CF4, perfluoromethane): In addition to being a long-lived fluorinated Teflon "off-gas," perfloromethane is used in the semiconductor industry, is a refrigerant and propellant and a byproduct of aluminum production. The U.S. government is encouraging these industries to decrease emissions of perfluoromethane because it is a potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential almost 6000 times higher than carbon dioxide, and can last in the environment for 50,000 years. In the past, perfluoromethane has been used in pesticides as an "inert" ingredient; a label that has nothing to do with toxicity but only means the ingredient is not the main active pesticide. Inhaling fluorinated hydrocarbons like carbon tetrafluoride can cause eye, ear and nose irritation; heart palpitations; irregular heart rate; headaches; confusion; lung irritation, tremors and occasionally coma.

I hope this helps you understand what MAY HAVE BEEN in the dust they inhaled.

 

But that’s just my opinion,

 

Frank Bisbee – Editor (frank@wireville.com)

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Good times are coming, and they will be ushered in on networks made of 100% fiber.  Sept. 2011 - A "must attend" event - FTTH

Only a few weeks until the entire North American FTTH industry gathers in Orlando for its biggest event of the year – more than 2,000 people from FTTH manufacturers/vendors, engineering companies that build all-fiber networks and companies that are now providing next-generation broadband to paying subscribers. With an Expo Hall featuring 130 exhibits and learning program built on dozens of track sessions, panel discussions and other presentations, the 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo is shaping up to be our best show ever!

2011 FTTH Conference & Expo

Event Date: Sep 26 2011 - 8:00am - Sep 30 2011 - 5:00pm

As North America struggles to emerge from recession – and consumers, businesses and their communities look ahead to building their economic future – it is clear that only all-fiber networks are capable of supporting the growth and development that is needed to stay competitive for the rest of the decade and beyond.  With emerging services and applications driving an ever-increasing “need for speed,” fiber will be the essential ingredient in propelling a new era of economic growth, business success and consumer lifestyle enhancements. 

Find out what it’s all about this September at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, when the 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo will set its sights on “Lighting the Economy.” 

Technology breakthrough in optical networking?

Will you be one of the first to learn about a technology that will redefine how optical transport networks are designed, built, and managed. The technology promises to transform service provider networks into a faster, smarter, simpler and much more efficient system that drives down operating costs and enables immediate revenues from services.

Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the FTTH Council at North America’s biggest and best event dedicated to all-fiber networks.   Hear from FTTH industry leaders, see and experience the latest fiber access technologies and learn from the companies and service providers that are building the ultra-fast networks of tomorrow.

Fiber Optic Networks are reaching into every home and business. Several technologies have made remarkable advancements to give the fiber optic network the edge. At today’s speeds and tomorrow’s bandwidth demands, FTTH is the winner.

One of the most remarkable advancements is the new HLC fiber optic connector. Megladon's  HLC (Hardened Lens Contact) technology is what sets their products apart from others on the market today. Their patented technology produces the only durable, high performance patch cord in the industry.  Megladon Manufacturing Group took a monumental step for the CATV market by adapting the HLC process to angle polished connectors. Angle polished connectors have been used for years in high speed video transport applications due to inherent low reflection characteristics. The fragile nature of fiber mating surfaces, however, has continued to plague an industry that is more competitive than ever.

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

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

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

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

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

What is Business Critical?

HLC cables are well suited for use in the harshest environments and the most demanding situations. In testing and manufacturing, HCL patch cords can withstand constant plugging and unplugging for years without substantial damage or performance loss. The HLC surface provides minimal optical signal loss making it the ideal choice for video and cable TV applications. For the military and other remote location uses, when replacements are not readily available HCL cables are far more reliable. In Municipal communications systems involving 911 and emergency communications HLC cables have dramatically reduced troubleshooting calls. In any business where the highest performance levels are required Megladon’s HLC, Hardened Lens Contact fiber optic patch cords are the clear choice.

  View their Scratch Test demonstration video

Good times are coming, and they will be ushered in on networks made of 100% fiber. 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo is a must attend event for the industry professionals who are building barriers to obsolescence. See you in Orlando.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Light Brigade Inc. www.lightbrigade.com at FTTH

We are providing the Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) course tailored for designers and planners Monday and Tuesday Sept 26-27th.  Certification is through the FTTH Council.  Class size is limited to one hundred.

We are also providing a special one day Fiber 102 course for those new to Fiber Optics and FTTH.  This course is provided on Tuesday Sept. 27th.” Added Larry Johnson, CEO and Founder of The Light Brigade Inc.

 

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§                     Sprint makes home energy management tools available
According to BusinessWire, Sprint is working with Proliphix and SmartLabs to make energy management tools available and easy to install for end users, including businesses and consumers. Sprint also announced that the Proliphix IMT-550 Internet Managed Thermostat is now available with Sprint wireless network connectivity and that SmartLabs INSTEON will be available in late 2011 with embedded Sprint network connectivity. Power to the People (9/14)

§                     Video: Stanley Black & Decker demos wireless locks, home control at CEDIA Expo
Larry Goldman, of Stanley Black & Decker, demonstrates wireless locks and whole-house control at CEDIA Expo 2011. CABA's YouTube Channel (8/30)

§                     Is your robot helper at hand?
Willow Garage, a unique startup in Menlo Park, California, has designed a robot called the PR2 that bears some resemblance to the Jetsons’ beloved Rosie. It’s still under development, but already the PR2 can fold clothes, fetch a drink from the fridge, set the table and even bake cookies. Ottawa Citizen (9/13)

§                     Google may leverage YouTube to provide video rental service
Google may be targeting a new market: Offering digital rentals of movies and television shows, supported by advertising. Ralph Schackart, media analyst with William Blair & Co., notes that the search giant is locking up streaming rights to various films and TV shows, which could possibly lead to a revamp of YouTube that would in turn position the online video site as a platform for digital content rental competing with Amazon Prime and Apple's iTunes. Google did not provide comment on the analysis. Home Media Magazine (9/12)

§                     Samsung looks beyond smart TVs to mobile devices, PCs
Samsung Electronics is expanding its "Free the TV Challenge" program for application developers beyond apps for smart television sets to software that connects TVs with PCs, smartphones and tablet computers. The Korean company looks to emulate Apple by promoting connectivity among its full consumer-electronics line, according to this analysis. GigaOm/NewTeeVee blog (9/12)

§                     Polymer gel batteries on the way for smaller electronics
The trend toward shrinking the thickness of notebook computers and smartphones is forcing consumer-electronics manufacturers to find new ways to power those products. One approach is a polymer gel developed at the University of Leeds and licensed to American Polystor Energy. Pocket-Lint.com (9/12)

§                     Survey looks at the scope of installation firms in the U.S.
A survey conducted by Parks Associates found that 17,500 to 18,500 companies in the U.S. provide installation of consumer electronics. The report also estimated that 2,500 to 3,500 security/alarm system companies operate in the U.S., along with 1,250 to 2,250 electrical contractors. Dealerscope (9/9)

§                     Microsoft to update the Xbox 360's user interface
Microsoft this fall will revise the user interface of the Xbox 360, making it more like the Metro UI of Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8, according to Albert Penello, the company's director of platform marketing. In an interview with Gamasutra, Penello said the Xbox update, its biggest in three years, will better tie together the console's controller and its Kinect module. Gamasutra.com (9/9)

§                     Upgrade lets most Android users stream Netflix video
An upgrade released Friday allows Android 2.2 and 2.3 users to access Netflix on their wireless devices, meaning more than 80% of Android customers can now stream video from the service. That's a marked increase from the five devices that supported the application when it debuted in May. MobileBeat (9/11)

§                     Gartner slashes forecast for PC market growth this year
Gartner has revised downward its outlook for the global PC market, saying it now expects 3.8% growth this year, down from 9.3%. It cited tablet demand and lingering economic issues. "Worrisome for the long term is that Generation Y has an altogether different view of client devices than older generations and are not buying PCs as their first, or necessarily main, device," Gartner Research Director Ranjit Atwal said. Reuters (9/8)

§                     Survey: Apple, Samsung, HTC phones top consumer-satisfaction lists
Apple's iPhone and HTC earned the highest satisfaction marks for smartphones, while Samsung topped the charts for traditional cellphones, according to surveys by J.D. Power and Associates released Thursday. Consumers reacted most favorably to phones weighing less than 5 ounces with prolonged battery lives and faster processing speeds. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (9/8)

§                     ZigBee RF4CE standard is aimed at remote controls, set-top boxes
GreenPeak Technologies, a fabless semiconductor manufacturer, announced that many of the world’s leading cable and satellite TV providers are in the process of introducing interactive features and home entertainment capabilities that leverage a new generation of remote controls thanks at least in part to an industry standard known as ZigBee RF4CE. Vision2Mobile.com (9/7)

§                     TV sets battle consoles, computers for viewers, study says
Viewers are increasingly finding alternatives to conventional live TV broadcasts, according to a Knowledge Networks study. Pre-recorded DVR content, streaming online video and viewing via video game devices are gaining momentum, although DVDs remain the single biggest category for alternative TV viewing. MediaPost Communications (9/7)

§                     Smart refrigerators now feature apps
Samsung demonstrated at the CEDIA Expo last week in Indianapolis a refrigerator with a built-in 8-inch Wi-Fi LCD screen with several kitchen-specific apps preloaded. By touching the Epicurious icon, for example, families can quickly find recipes for dinner. Other apps include Weatherbug, AP News, Google Calendar, Pandora, Twitter and Picasa Photos. Electronic House (9/9)

§                     CEDIA announces 2011 Electronic Lifestyles® awards winners
The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) recognized the outstanding work of its members at the annual Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Banquet Saturday night. The honorees included over 40 winning projects in the Designer Awards competition, 16 Manufacturers' Excellence Awards winners, three inductees into the CEDIA Fellows program, and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Also honored were the year's top volunteers. CEDIA (9/11)

§                     Honeywell and Opower: a force to reckon with in home energy management
The news that Honeywell and Opower are joining forces to develop energy management tools to help consumers reduce energy use and save money should put other players in the crowded home energy management space on notice. SmartGridNews.com (9/13)


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§                     Lighting market report predicts strong growth for LED lighting
The worldwide lighting market will grow to approximately $159 billion in 2020, with 80% of that total from general lighting, according to a report from McKinsey & Company. McKinsey was commissioned by Osram, Siemens’ lighting division, to examine the worldwide lighting market and to investigate the adoption patterns of SSL through the year 2020. LED Magazine (9/13)

§                     MIT's free urban planning software will help build the cities of the future
If we are to improve the quality of life in U.S. cities, 27 of which are expected to have more than 10 million people by 2020, we will have to find a better way to build them. MIT's new software will help. Fast Company (9/7)

§                     Solid-state energy storage moves forward
The technology boom best represented by the rise of microelectronics has a weak point: the battery. The pace of advancement in battery life is glacial compared with that of the electronic components' battery power. Labs around the world are pushing hard to catch up, improving and inventing strategies to provide long-lasting energy storage for devices ranging from on-chip nanocircuitry to entire power plants. Energy Harvest Journal (8/29)

§                     Hydro One wins Utilimetrics AMI/smart grid excellence award
Utilimetrics, the world's premier utility technology association announced that Hydro One is the 2011 recipient of the Utilimetrics Excellence in Project Management Award. "This prestigious award honors a utility that demonstrates superior achievement in innovation," said Joel Hoiland, Utilimetrics CEO. "The Awards Committee received many impressive entries from utilities whose AMI/Smart Grid projects are under way or complete." BusinessWire (9/9)

§                     Honeywell releases Rapid Eye Driver software
Honeywell and integration software maker Tridium Inc. introduced a software tool that allows integrators and security dealers to more easily incorporate digital video surveillance capabilities into larger building control systems. The Rapid Eye Driver enables Tridium’s Niagara Framework to communicate with Honeywell’s flagship line of Rapid Eye digital video recorders (DVR). Rapid Eye DVRs are used globally by organizations across various industries to record, store and search for video evidence needed for investigations. SecurityInfoWatch.com (9/13)

§                     Singapore sees multi-billion dollar opportunities in green buildings
Singapore represents a S$300-billion opportunity for construction and allied industries as it embarks on a national programme to convert its existing built-up space to green buildings. With the government setting a target of upgrading 80 per cent of the built-up space to at least the minimum level of Green Mark Standards of the Singapore Green Building Council by 2030, there is a huge opportunity in upgrading construction and revamping the electrical and mechanical components. Hindu Business Line (8/31)

§                     Lighting Science Group unveils ultra-efficient, sustainable glimpse LED downlight
Leading the ultra-efficient lighting revolution, Lighting Science Group LSCG -1.54% introduced its GlimpseLED downlight. Mimicking the form of a BR bulb in a downlight, the Glimpse maintains the same unrivaled lumen (light) output and top-tier performance that has come to differentiate the company's LED products, while offering an improved, innovative thermal design that dramatically reduces the amount of raw materials needed for assembly. MarketWatch (9/6)

§                     Empire State Building gets gold for green-ness
After lavishing $106 million on a series of upgrades designed to make the Empire State Building more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly, the famous spire was awarded a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council recently, the second-highest level available. Crain's New York Business (9/13)

§                     Video: Enter Siemens video contest to win $15,000
Electronics and electrical engineering giant Siemens is calling on all filmmakers worldwide to enter its Changing Your City for the Better video contest .'Sustainable Cities' is the topic of the contest, and all contestants are urged to prove that they can use technology to overcome humanity's challenges. Contestants can either focus on energy supply (power generation, power transmission and distribution, smart grids, electro-mobility), urban infrastructure and mobility, or efficient and intelligent buildings. bizcommunity.com (9/13)

§                     Singh360 offers “free apps” for HVAC and refrigeration engineers
Singh360, a full service facility management consulting firm, offers “free” Windows and iPhone applications for refrigeration and HVAC engineers. These applications are handy tools for calculating “pressure-temperature” for various refrigerants (such as R404A, R22, propane, ammonia, carbon dioxide, etc.) typically used in commercial and supermarket facilities. The iApp supports both English and SI units. PR.com (9/14)

§                     Mandatory audits to beef up New Delhi building security soon
Soon, all commercial and residential buildings and complexes including five-star hotels and malls will have to get their security preparedness certified by a government-approved agency. The Centre is proposing mandatory audits of such buildings in an attempt to ward off modern-day terrorist threats. The Financial Express (9/2)

§                     University of Oregon sets goal for energy efficiency
The University of Oregon has set a goal of building out its campus without expanding energy use. Meeting the goal of no net increase in the amount of power for campus buildings and grounds could cost the university as much as $10 million in a decade when it expects more than a million additional square feet of construction. New campus buildings would have to meet higher energy efficiency requirements, at least 35 percent more efficient than required under state building codes. Bend Bulletin (9/13)

§                     Project Frog secures $22 million to expand smart-building kit sales
Project Frog, a San Francisco-based business that offers a system for building efficient, prefabricated and sustainable structures, has secured a $22-million investment to help it expand its sales pipeline and fulfill orders. Led by GE’s Energy Financial Services, the investment round was also joined by Claremont Creek Ventures, Greener Capital Partners and RockPort Capital Partners. The amount contributed by each investor was not disclosed. Greenbang (9/7)

§                     Echelon works with APEC to bring smart grid to Asia Pacific
Echelon Corporation, a global leader in energy control networking for smart grid applications, is a proud sponsor and member of the steering committee that is hosting meetings of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) senior officials in San Francisco September 11-26, 2011. The meetings will host diplomats to discuss trade expansion, economic growth and energy efficiency for a region that produces 55% of global GDP. MarketWatch (9/13)

§                     Panasonic to integrate Sanyo's HVAC group
Panasonic Corporation of North America today announced that the HVAC products group of Sanyo North America's commercial solutions division will officially be integrated into Panasonic's North American operations on Oct. 1. The unit, which is responsible for sales and service for commercial and consumer HVAC products, will be called the Panasonic air conditioning group. TWICE (9/8)

§                     Middle Atlantic Products introduces its RackLink™ power management system
Middle Atlantic Products introduced its practical Web-enabled power management system at CEDIA that sets a new standard for cost effective capabilities. Set it up in less than five minutes and it will monitor the power and temperature conditions of your system, log and alert you to any irregularities, and even take action to correct problems on its own. The firm has made it easy to set up and operate, with an open architecture that integrates seamlessly with leading control systems – even with smart phones – and is compatible with ‘cloud’ based services but is not dependent on them. Middle Atlantic Products (9/8)

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§                     Encelium Technologies Expands Product Offering with New Line of Occupancy Sensors
Encelium Technologies, a leading technology development company specializing in integrated lighting control systems for commercial buildings, has introduced its new family of low-voltage occupancy sensors. This product line includes a full range of passive infrared (PIR) and dual technology (Ultrasonic/PIR) low-voltage sensors available in both wall mount and ceiling mount configurations.

§                     Other Items

The Future of "Green" Addressable Lighting Systems Looks Bright for Encelium Technologies
Sept. 22-23: Encelium Technologies to Exhibit at IIDEX/NeoCon Canada

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

Tridium Announces Appointment of Chief Technology Officer

Schneider Electric to Deliver Transformational Energy Management Capability with Cisco
EMerge Alliance Adds New Members to its DC Power Standards Movement
Cablevision Selects Affinegy Software to Deploy, Manage and Support Optimum Online Boost Plus

Affinegy Announces Home Portal v2.0

Affinegy Wins NCTA CIO.IT Competition


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  CABA Research Spotlight

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§                     Internet matters: The Net’s sweeping impact on growth, jobs, and prosperity
As with electricity, the Internet has influenced every corner of the world, not just those countries that first developed it. It transformed the way we live, work, play and socialize, and almost $8 trillion exchanges hands each year through e-commerce. This report provides new insights from a holistic perspective that examines a range of players from enterprises & consumers to companies that form part of the Internet supply chain and those that leverage the technologies for their own business needs. It equates the Internet with wealth creation and describes it as one of the biggest drivers of global economic growth. Read the full report as published in CABA's Public Research Library. Paid CABA membership provides you access to the world's largest collection of connected home and intelligent building research: CABA Member Research Library.

  Education & Training 

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§                     Webinar: Intelligent Buildings: Current and Emerging Trends
The Continental Automated Buildings Association recently commissioned two market study and research projects titled “Intelligent Buildings Market Sizing North America” and the “Intelligent Buildings Roadmap.” In conjunction with CoR Advisors, CABA will conduct a webinar session on Friday, November 4, at 12:30pm that will review the key findings of this research and provide an overview of current and future trends in intelligent buildings. Konkana Khaund, from Frost & Sullivan, and Jeremy Towler, from BSRIA, and others, will define an intelligent building and its components, review the benefits of intelligent building solutions for all stakeholders, and present a summary of the business opportunities and market size for intelligent building solutions. You’ll learn about the influence of technology advances for building energy efficiency, automation, IT convergence, renewable energy solutions, and integration with the smart grid.

§                     Webcast: SMB Technical Support Service Best Practices
This webcast, to be held September 15 at 2 pm ET and co-hosted by Parks Associates and PlumChoice, will examine best practices for launching a national SMB technical support service. The market opportunity for delivering technical support services to the small- and medium-sized business market is sizable. Parks Associates forecasts that U.S. revenues will grow from $9.6 billion in 2011 to more than $20 billion by year-end 2015. The early market entrants in this space have experienced great success; however, the overall market penetration is still low and represents substantial opportunities for service providers to launch national SMB technical support solutions.

§                     Webinar: The CIO and the PM: The New Dynamic Duo
CoR Advisors will hold a webinar on September 16 at 12:30 pm ET focused on information and property management. With the integration of IT into building management and operations, the new building team includes not only the property manager, but now also the CIO. The role of the CIO in commercial real estate is quickly evolving from overseeing the fundamental network operations of the organization to developing the technology strategy for the operations of the buildings. The CIO and the IT team play a critical role in building management, as they are best equipped to automate building systems, obtain data from building controls and devices, and advise on how to maximize building operational efficiency. This session will discuss the importance of the CIO and the PM as a critical new partnership.

§                     Webinar: Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings
Attend DOE’s webinar on September 15, 2011 at 12pm ET on the 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG). This series follows six volumes of award winning 30% guides. The AEDGs are the result of a partnership between DOE, ASHRAE, AIA, IESNA and USGBC, and the next group of publications will provide guidance on achieving 50% savings over ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. The first guide in the new series, 50% AEDG for Small to Medium Office Buildings, is currently available for free download. This no-cost webinar provides an overview of the 50% series and outlines recommendations for energy savings in both small and medium office buildings. More information and register.

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§                     SecurTek Monitoring Solutions Joins CABA Board of Directors
The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, a SaskTel company, has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors. CABA is a nonprofit industry association that provides information, education, and networking to help promote advanced technologies for the automation of homes and buildings. Barry Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer of SecurTek, will represent the firm.

§                     CABA President & CEO to attend M2M Conference
CABA President & CEO Ron Zimmer will speak and moderate a panel on home automation at the M2M Conference, to be held at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. The conference is scheduled for September 20-21, 2011 in in Atlanta, GA. If you are attending this event, and would like to meet with Mr. Zimmer, please e-mail him directly at zimmer@caba.org.

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

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

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

 

Fiber Optics  &  The Light Brigade – An Interview with Larry Johnson, Founder

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Telephone interview Frank Bisbee with Larry Johnson – President and Founder of The Light Brigade Inc. the World’s Leading Fiber Optic Training Provider about their 25th anniversary. www.lightbrigade.com

Larry was already a 10 year FO industry veteran before start the Light Brigade Inc in 1986. 

“Prior to founding The Light Brigade I worked for Tektronix a fiber optic test equipment manufacturer as their fiber optic specialist in the Communications Division.  This meant that I worked with multiple products groups that provided a family of fiber optic products for laboratory, manufacturing, outside plant and end users”.

A key point was the involvement in the fiber optic standards activities and meetings while also attending key conferences including the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) and the Fiber Optic Conference (FOC).

1986 – CONDITIONS

Looking back at the fiber industry in 1986 it was a unique time.  Even at this time the separation of the telephone based communications industry was occurring.  The CATV industry was learning about fiber and found it could provide immediate economic benefits by resolving noise and attenuation problems while providing greater bandwidth.

The telephony industry was also going through tremendous changes.  Oceanic fiber links influenced the manufacturing and development of products and technologies unforeseen even ten years prior.  Single mode fiber had now been available for three years and the new 1550 nm (nanometer) window had been opened with improved fibers, lasers, detectors and components.  The new synchronous optical network (SONET)/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) standard was being written establishing greater flexibility for telephony based digital transmission of voice circuits and for transmitting new types of digital transmission standards including ISDN, Frame Relay, SMDS and ATM.

Technically the fiber industry was evolving quickly.  Once TAT- 8 was planned to link North America with the UK and France with single mode fiber, it was found that the optimum wavelength for the regenerator spacing was 1308 nm.  This was number was rounded up to 1310 nm which is how we define single mode systems to this day.

Other challenges for service providers included the sensitivity of the Fabry-Perot and Distributed Feedback (DFB) lasers to Fresnel reflections, mostly caused by flat polished connections.  Soon spherical polished connectors (PC) evolved and later the super PC (SPC).  Now of course we have the ultra PC (UPC) and angled PC (APC) as we are still fighting problems caused by Fresnel reflections.

The surprise was how primitive the termination process and products were at the time.  Some of this had to do with the poor fiber tolerances at the time, yet they were the best in the world.  The non-keyed Biconic connector was the industry standard for single mode terminations while mechanical splicing was still very popular as fusion splicers were costly and hard to operate.

For the premises world both the 50/125 and the 62.5/125 fibers had been in production since the late 1970’s.  The LEDs used for these systems were sufficient to handle the modulation requirements of the 4 megabit IEEE 802.5 Token Ring, the 10 megabit IEEE 802.3 Ethernet and the new high speed 100 mb/s Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) standards at the time.

The basic fiber optic connector was a modified RF connector called the SMA 905 or 906 styles with many variations.  It was non-keyed and had attenuation levels averaging between 1 and 1.5 dB per connection.

Outside plant problems also existed.  Until the TIA-598 fiber color code standard was released technicians and splicers never knew what colors would be in the optical cable.  Splice closures were also changing.  AT&T’s  UCB1 encapsulant filled closure was a nightmare to work with.  New re-enterable splice closures by 3M, Raychem and Preformed Line products were just coming out.  Patch panels were also emerging with many variations for end users to select from.  Illinois Bell sponsored one of the biggest fiber optic OSP conferences to address telephone needs. 

Test equipment – Forget electronic storage, printers and hand written test reports were the norm.  New dual wavelength OTDRs and optical loss test sets were just coming out along with 200 power microscopes (with safety filters), first generation talk sets and portable helium neon tube lasers for troubleshooting.

The communications industry was also going through major changes for end users.  The premises industry now had the 8088 PC in dedicated work areas along with fax machines and dot matrix printers.  This would change internal wiring needs tremendously as the role of the local area network was now the norm where individuals had their own PCs at the work areas.  The conversion from analog to digital was occurring at a fast rate, this affected all service providers. 

The Light Brigade -

One advantage of being in a liaison role at Tektronix was meeting with many of the manufactures, people involved with standards, and many variations of end users.  Telephone companies, utilities, broadcasters, the aerospace industry, research facilities, CATV organizations, national  labs and government agencies all were either using fiber optics or wanted to implement the technology.

In most circumstances when I met with clients I found myself explaining to them details that dealt with design, installation, testing and troubleshooting their planned networks. On one of my return trips I decided that there was a need in the industry for someone who could provide the fiber expertise and I decided to leave Tektronix in September of 1986.

How did the name “The Light Brigade” get chosen?

I had a number of friends in the industry that specialized in various disciplines.  They became my team of fiber optic experts which evolved into The Light Brigade.

What was the focus of the The Light Brigade in 1986?

The primary focus of The Light Brigade was and is to provide fiber optics expertise without bias, but with technical competence. 

The industry was just evolving from the initial phase of fiber optic test procedure to one that would require system standards such as SONET, FDDI and Ethernet.  At about the same time the 1987 National Electric Code recognized fiber optics as a communication medium. 

One of our first clients was a start-up company called Microsoft.  That was an amazing opportunity of being at the right place at the right time.  When I first visited their facility in Redmond Washington they had maybe six buildings.  The fiber network was all incorrect.  Loose tube cables in the buildings had been installed and routed under raised floors.  Worse no patch panels were used and the bare 250 micron 100/140 fibers were routed to the equipment unprotected with each fiber terminated with non-keyed high attenuation SMA connectors. . I basically redesigned the network with fiber rich cables allowing for 14,000 62.5/125 fiber ST terminations.  This was in star, ring and mesh architecture for reliability and flexibility.  I requested that 25% of the spare fibers be single mode but Microsoft’s IT staff told me they would never need that much bandwidth!  FYI - Two years later they did!

For premises networks we had the two basic multimode fibers (50/125 and 62.5/125) and both surface and edge emitting LEDs operating at 850 nm for most applications and 1300 nm for high bandwidth and low loss requirements.  Wall mounted patch panels were just being developed as more multimode fiber was being installed.  AT&T had released the new keyed bayonet style ST connector which featured the 2.5 mm ceramic ferrule already being used extensively in the FC threaded and the BNC bayonet style single mode connectors.  The ST was a vast improvement on performance but like all connectors had its growing pains.  On key issue we had in training technicians was to focus on how to properly terminate, inspect and test these spans while maintaining the highest yield. 

How and when did the training role become the primary focus of The Light Brigade Inc.?

In the spring of 1987, we won a contract through the Washington State Department of Transportation for a statewide “Intelligent Vehicle Highway System (IVHS) funded through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) which would become the national standard for all the state D.O.T.s.  The IVHS acronym would later change to be called the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

The manual covered fiber optics from theory to design, installation and maintenance.  It was designed to introduce to the novice in three days what was needed to cover every component required for system integration.  The course consisted of two days of classroom followed by a hands-on day exposing the attendees to fiber, cable and closure preparation, OTDR and optical loss testing, splicing and connectorization.  It also had an element on inspection and documentation.  I recall writing six days a week for months on end compiling the first “master” manual and corresponding overhead viewgraphs.

This manual and course would evolve that first year into the FO 1-2-3 course we still teach today.  It became a strong foundation for many of the various courses we have developed since.  This training course has been updated and revised hundreds of times since. 

We started off in the Pacific Northwest region as I was the only instructor.  By 1991-2 our staff had grown and the Light Brigade Training programs were available nationwide.  While I was still teaching most of the classes we were gradually building a larger instruction staff on instructors and technicians to handle the teaching demand.

By the mid 1990’s the industry was going through another technology burst.  Data rates in LANs had jumped from 100mbps – gigabit per second data rates.  Since the LED could not be modulated at these speeds, this created the need for a new fast inexpensive laser called the vertical cavity surface emitting laser or VCSEL and also greater interest in high bandwidth multimode fibers.

Meanwhile in the long haul service provider world, optical multiplexing and amplification would dominate the industry.  Eventually this would lead to the massive fiber to the home (FTTH) builds in the twenty-first century. 

Identifying technologies early –

One benefit of being active in conference such as OFC and ECOC in Europe is they provided access to new technologies years before they would hit the user.  This proved to be very beneficial as we could discuss bandwidth impacts early so that designers could design for future needs.  I always liked the Wayne Gretsky Philosophy: “I skate to where the puck will be.”  In this case, I build to what the bandwidth will require ten years from now.

Systems we paid attention to early included the bandwidth demands of high definition television (HDTV) and its impact to fiber optics.  Working with David Sarnoff Labs, Sony and later the “Grand Alliance” we were on top of this early and recognized the impact on Fiber to the Home (FTTH).  We attended our first FTTH conference in 1989!  Other technologies included FDDI (massive Microsoft and Boeing projects), SONET for the telephony and utilities industries and Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) for the CATV industry where we also developed twenty-one fiber optic mini courses.

I was also fortunate to write the first fiber optic certification for installers.  Called the Fiber Optic Installer (FOI) certification by the ETA I chaired this project for its early years.  Later I wrote the single mode version titled fiber optic technician – outside plant (FOT-OSP).  Through the years I have been involved with many standards organization, technology conferences and certification groups.

A couple of other projects also paralled these activities.  The development of videos/DVDs became important early as sometimes it was easier to show subjects vs. talk about them (fiber theory, Installation, manufacturing etc.) so we developed several series of educational focused videos to cover these topics.  Over the decades the amount is probably over fifty.  In many cases we also developed customized videos and even courses for organizations.

The second project was the history of fiber optics subject.  Over the years I have had the opportunity to be involved with many projects, organizations and personnel.  Meeting with the luminaries of the fiber industry including Charles Kao the father of fiber optics who won the Nobel Prize for physics for his historical 1966 paper (www.FOHistory.org) and meeting and interviewing most of the John Tyndall award recipients has been an honor.

What’s now? What’s new? What’s Next?

APPLICATIONS HOT FOR FIBER includes: CATV –– SENSOR – VDV

Industry opportunities - GAS & OIL & MINING industries

NEW GOAL is YIELD meaning the # terminations done right the first time YIELD = Profitability

In addition to helping many companies and PUBLIC SECTOR organizations and DESIGNING FOR THE FUTURE—

LIGHT BRIGADE has trained more than 42,000 students in 42 countries

READ: David Chaffee – Rewiring of America. Because we are Rewiring America again

Also read Jeff Hecht’s – City of Light (History of Fiber Optics) and for those newbies Jeff’s “Understanding Fiber Optics”

In Summary: The future of communications is very bright and it will be mostly over FO cabling. Copper is limited by many hurdles and rising cost due to availability. Silicon is abundant world-wide. Speed, bandwidth, and distance are the road hazards for the good old cooper cabling. Today, F.O. cabling is in cost parity with copper, but much more of a barrier to obsolescence.

Today, Larry Johnson is only 58– he started in the industry when he was 22 yrs old. Many of the pioneers in fiber optics were just starting out then and remain acquainted with The Light Brigade Inc and Larry Johnson (a true visionary in the new information age).

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

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Advanced Fiber Solutions New DR500 Series Handheld OTDR is available


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

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

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

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


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

 

NAED Partners with American Lighting Association to Offer Lighting Courses

Educational expansion allows distributors to gain thorough lighting knowledge for customers

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

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

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

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

Following is a complete list of training courses:

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

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

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

 

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Welcomes New Board Member, TE Connectivity's Stephen C. Mitchell

TIA Bids Farewell to Retiring Board Member and Treasurer Charlie Fox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Megladon Announces New Product Release of Upgraded Angle Polished HLC® ScratchGuard® Fiber Optic Patch Cords

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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NECA NEWS & Disaster Recovery

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Hurricane Irene Electrical Safety Guidelines, Disaster Response from Electrical Contractors

08/29/2011

Post-disaster is an incredibly dangerous time, often just as dangerous as the actual disaster itself. NECA high-voltage contractors offer insight into emergency power restoration and safety precautions for homeowners and building managers.

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Industry Trainers Earn Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Certification

08/22/2011

Newly certified electric vehicle equipment installers will help EV owners keep their vehicles running, thanks to training sponsored by the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program.

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NECA Releases Telecommunications Grounding and Bonding Standard (NECA/BICSI 607)

08/15/2011

The newest National Electrical Installation Standard (NEIS) is a collaboration on telecommunications bonding and grounding systems from NECA and BICSI.

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ShoreTel Grows Revenue, Captures Market Share

Synergy Research Reports ShoreTel Fastest Growing, Among Top Three in U.S. IP Telephony Revenue

ShoreTel® (NASDAQ:SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), is taking share from industry rivals, according to recent data published by Synergy Research Group. In its market share summary report for the second quarter of 2011, Synergy found that ShoreTel is the fastest-growing player in the U.S. and worldwide Internet protocol (IP) telephony markets in terms of year-over-year revenue growth.

“ShoreTel’s market share gains are recognition of our brilliantly simple product, lowest total cost of ownership, and expanding global distribution network,” said Peter Blackmore, ShoreTel President and CEO. “ShoreTel has seen steady growth in revenue and market share. We have tremendous opportunity in the coming year to further solidify ShoreTel’s position among the top three players.”

“ShoreTel has been successful in executing a very focused strategy of bringing advanced IP communication systems to market that are intuitively designed and priced to sell aggressively against the competition,” said Jeremy Duke, Founder & Principal Analyst, Synergy Research Group. “ShoreTel has widened their focus to include international expansion and increased their presence in larger accounts. This, combined with their culture of innovation, positions them well for continued market share gains.”

According to Synergy Research, ShoreTel ranks third in the U.S. "Pure IP" telephony market which consists of LAN Telephony (IP-Only) Call Servers and IP-Phones. ShoreTel had more than 10 percent share by revenue in the second quarter of 2011, versus 8 percent share in the second quarter of 2010. ShoreTel has 5 percent of the global pure IP telephony market.

The market share gains reflect the company’s rapid growth, with five consecutive quarters of revenue growth in excess of 30 percent. In the 2011 fiscal year, ShoreTel achieved non-GAAP profitability while increasing its sales team by over 40 percent and overall headcount by 30 percent. In addition, more than 230 new employees have joined ShoreTel in the past 12 months.

ShoreTel is laying the foundation to support additional growth as it seeks to capture a greater share of the enterprise IP telephony, mobility and unified communications (UC) markets. It implemented a two-tier distribution channel program in the U.S. this year, which positions the company for continued momentum worldwide.

“We are also focused on our mobility solution, which enables companies to empower their workers with the smartphones they love, leveraging the IP PBX platform companies already have in place – all while reducing costs and securing enterprise communications,” Blackmore added. “ShoreTel is fueling a revolution in enterprise mobility.”

Mobility is growing as a strategic IT priority because of the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets in the enterprise, thanks in part to popular “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) programs now in place at companies worldwide. ShoreTel’s acquisition of Agito Networks in 2010 bolsters its mobility solution, and the company is tripling research and development investment in this area.

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About ShoreTel

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

 

 

Sprint lawsuit puts roadblock in front of AT&T/T-Mobile deal

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said that the AT&T/T-Mobile violates Section 7 of the Clayton Antitrust Act. Section 7 of the law prohibits mergers and acquisitions either "where the effect of such acquisition may be to substantially lessen competition" or where the deal restrains "such commerce in any section or community, or tend to create a monopoly of any line of commerce."

The Sprint lawsuit is a companion lawsuit to the Justice Department's filing, which also focused on the negative impact the deal would have on competition and market concentration. However, Sprint's suit is more narrowly focused on potential harms specifically to consumers and competition in general. In its filing, Sprint said the deal is "brazenly anticompetitive" and is a "classic violation of antitrust merger law." Sprint filed its lawsuit with the same judge that the Justice Department filed its complaint with, U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle.  

Sprint's suit focuses on many familiar arguments the company has made against the acquistion since the AT&T/T-Mobile deal was announced in March. Sprint argues the deal will raise prices, reduce innovation, give AT&T too much purchasing power with infrastructure and handset vendors and concentrate too much of the market between AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

"This simply demonstrates what we've said all along--Sprint is more interested in protecting itself than it is in promoting competition that benefits consumers," AT&T said in a statement. "We of course will vigorously contest this matter in court as AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA will: help solve our nation's spectrum exhaust situation and improve wireless service for millions; allow AT&T to expand 4G LTE mobile broadband to another 55 million Americans, or 97 percent of the population; and result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most."

Multiple reports have indicated AT&T will simultaneously try to fight the Justice Department's lawsuit against the deal and concurrently work with the Justice Department to make the deal more palatable. Deutsche Telekom said it is open to working with AT&T on finding conditions to make the Justice Department look at the deal more favorably. 

 

AFL SimpleView™ Enables Optical Fiber and Connector Inspection


Integrates NOYES® DFS1 FiberScope with laptops, tablets and palmtop computers
Spartanburg, SC and Lowell, MA – September 1, 2011

AFL is launching AFL SimpleView software for optical fiber and connector inspection. Fiber endface contamination is widely recognized as a key cause of network performance issues, outages and resulting in costly truck rolls. AFL SimpleView permits technicians to use existing field-issued laptops as a fiber inspection system by simply plugging in a NOYES DFS1 FiberScope. Such a system provides a 250 µm Field of View, 1.0 µm Optical Resolution and enables users to detect particles and scratches as small as 0.5 µm.

"Our new AFL SimpleView application enables installers and activation crews to view high resolution endface images and quickly determine if cleaning is required," explains Bill Thompson, Marketing Director at AFL's Test and Inspection Division. "Documenting the as‑built or as‑found condition of network connections is now practical, quick and easy."

AFL SimpleView software is compatible with Windows® XP and Windows® 7 operating systems and requires a single USB 1.1 port. The AFL SimpleView software is available as a free download here.

For additional information about AFL and NOYES test equipment, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

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

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

 

Emergency Preparedness a Decade after 9/11 - BOMA Special Webinar

In the decade since the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the commercial real estate industry’s view of risks, threats and the need for preparedness has dramatically changed. From addressing the challenges of preparing for new terrorist threats to responding to unpredictable natural disasters such as Hurricane Irene, the industry had had to adapt to a whole new suite of emerging risks and preparedness response strategies.

Join us for a special webinar on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET. The webinar, "9/11 Retrospective: Emergency Preparedness a Decade Later," features speakers who will share the latest best practices and guidance for emergency preparedness. Explore what our industry learned as a result of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, and learn how the industry is adapting to ever–changing emerging risks.

This program will be offered at a special discounted price—just $49/site for BOMA members, $79 for non–members.  A portion of the proceeds will be sent to 9/11 charities. Register now.

Looking for more on how preparedness in commercial real estate has evolved since 9/11? Check out the article 10 Years: Evaluating Emergency Preparedness a Decade After 9/11 (Click to page 34) in the July/August 2011 issue of The BOMA Magazine.

 

BOMA International Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Commercial Real Estate Remembers Victims, Reflects on Emergency Preparedness Advancements

(WASHINGTON – September 7, 2011) This week, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the commercial real estate industry commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. We come together to remember the victims and their families, as well as members of the heroic emergency response teams that selflessly answered the call of duty that day.

“While ten years have passed, we have never stopped remembering those who were affected first-hand by the attacks,” remarked BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “As an industry, we continue to assess and strengthen our preparedness to ensure we have the systems, plans and people in place to keep  building occupants safe.”

Over the last ten years, the commercial real industry has made great strides in enhancing the security of their buildings and increasing their preparedness measures. Here are just a few of the ways preparedness has changed over the last decade:

·         BOMA International and its industry partners have teamed up to form the Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REISAC), which provides bulletins on terrorist threats and activities.

·         In many  U.S. cities (New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston)  office buildings now rely more on electronic barriers/optical turnstiles, individual identification, bomb dog services and outside monitoring  more than ever for security.  Security firms have sought and received DHS Safety Act Certification/Designation for security programs throughout portfolios to provide the greatest amount of protection to clients and accounts.

·         For some properties, X-ray machines, metal detectors and other security devices can be deployed/scaled up should the threat indicate that a change in operations is required.  Outside private security services are able to push out information in short order to support operational considerations.

·         Large urban areas have re-written fire evacuation laws to mitigate potential loss of life and injuries from a similar event to 9/11 requiring, at a minimum, annual evacuations.

·         Smart video software is being used to track specific activities, such as packages left in one place for a specific period of time or for suspicious behavior around the building or in parking garages.

·         Public sector groups have been created and have forged working relationships with the private sector to ask for feedback on information and training needs.

·         Many buildings now include elevator lockouts, which only allow riders to exit at a specified floor.

·         BOMA Local Associations across the country and the BOMA Preparedness Committee have worked diligently to represent the industry to assure that commercial real estate’s interests are being considered during preparedness exercises and when events dictate with local, regional and national groups.

·         Building management and first responders in many major cities, such as San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and New York, have developed or enhanced  communication channels.

·         Building managers and owners have strengthened communication with their neighbors, tenants and the authorities regarding their emergency preparedness plans.   Real estate managers are using table top sessions more and more to identify potential risks and coordination of responses.

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

 

 

CommScope completes acquisition of Argus Technologies

CommScope has completed its acquisition of Argus Technologies, a producer of antenna solutions for wireless applications.  Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

Argus, headquartered near Sydney, Australia, provides antennas for base stations, stadiums and venues, and other wireless applications. The acquisition enables CommScope to broaden its antenna solutions portfolio, deepen its research and development capabilities, strengthen its global market presence and accelerate its growth in the wireless market, the company said in a release.

 

Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold

Empire State Building Company, Jones Lang LaSalle and U.S. Green Building Council announce milestone achievement for World's Most Famous Office Building

NEW YORK CITY, September 13, 2011–The Empire State Building has been awarded LEED® Gold for Existing Buildings certification as further recognition from the $550 million Empire State ReBuilding program. The Empire State Building is the tallest and most well known building in the U.S. to receive LEED certification.

The 2.85 million-square-foot building is celebrating its 80th anniversary while nearing completion of its renewal and repurposing to meet the needs of 21st Century businesses. It is one of a small number of National Historic Landmarks to earn the designation, which was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

The announcement was made jointly by Anthony Malkin, Empire State Building Company; Dana Robbins Schneider, vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle, program manager of the energy retrofit, LEED feasibility assessment and application process; and Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC.

The LEED Gold certification follows the ground-breaking creation and implementation of a new replicable, transparent, quantifiable process for economically justified energy efficient retrofits in the existing built environment created a team of the Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle and the Rocky Mountain Institute. The game-changing analytical model is non-proprietary and open-source and is being replicated at other properties around the world. There is a new focus by government and the real estate industry on investment and return in energy efficiency retrofits driven from the well-documented success of the Empire State Building.

The retrofit conducted by Johnson Controls and Jones Lang LaSalle is guaranteed to reduce the building's energy consumption by more than 38 percent and should save $4.4 million in energy costs annually, representing an approximate three-year payback of the cost of implementation. The building gained ENERGY STAR certification in 2010 and has maintained ENERGY STAR certification in 2011. For more on the analytical model, visit www.esbsustainability.com.

The improvements also reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 105,000 metric tons over 15 years. In January 2011, Malkin agreed to buy carbon offsets totalling 55 million kilowatt hours per year of renewable energy, making the Empire State Building carbon-neutral.

"When it was built, the Empire State Building instantly became an icon of its era. Now, due to this remarkable investment in energy efficiency, the Empire State Building will be an icon of the 21st century as well, leading our current era in the retrofitting and upgrading of existing buildings to meet modern energy conditions," said David Bragdon, Director of the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability.

"LEED Gold certification is another win for us following our ground-breaking energy efficiency retrofit work. It is my hope that all future LEED certifications for existing building projects will require demonstrable, quantifiable improvements in energy efficiency, delivering economic returns for building owners, tenants, and the communities in which they are located," Malkin said. "I thank Dana Schneider, our Empire State Building team, and the professionals at the U.S. Green Building Council for their hard work in this huge undertaking. I hope USGBC will be incorporating documented energy efficiency improvements into LEED 2012, which is now in public comment."

"LEED certification is one of the top criteria for many tenants today, and it reinforces the strong business case we have made for a cost-effective energy retrofit that lowers tenant occupancy costs," Schneider said. "We have continued our work with building ownership with LEED-level new tenant installations and tenant-based energy efficiency programs, which are now being documented in a new program with the Center for Market Innovation of the Natural Resources Defense Council, funded by a grant from the Goldman Sachs Foundation."

"By earning LEED Gold, the Empire State Building has sent a powerful message that green buildings don't have to be new - even the most iconic, historic buildings, as grand in scale as in reputation, can be among the most high-performing, energy-efficient, green buildings," Fedrizzi said. "The leadership exhibited by Tony Malkin, and everyone involved in this project is monumental and should be applauded."

The USGBC will also recognize Malkin with its 2011 Leadership Award, bestowed on "organizations and individuals who signify vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green building design and construction." Malkin is recognized for this prestigious award based on his commitment and guidance to the team throughout the retrofit process, his promotion of the replicable model and his strong advocacy of energy efficiency before Congress, with U.S. mayors and other government and business leaders.

The energy retrofit and other actions leading to LEED certification also helped New York's economy by creating jobs for 250 people, Schneider noted.

The Empire State Building ownership directed that sustainable practices be at the center of new operations and upgrades as part of the Empire State ReBuilding program. Low environmental impact operations procedures were put in place immediately following the transition of the day-to-day operations of the building from Helmsley-Spear to Malkin Holdings, supervisor of building owner Empire State Building Company. After the energy efficiency retrofit program was developed and its implementation was underway, Jones Lang LaSalle led a separate study of the feasibility of LEED certification. This feasibility study showed that LEED Gold certification was within reach at an incremental cost of about $0.25 per square foot.

Beyond energy efficiency, activities at the Empire State Building which helped achieve LEED Gold certification include:

  • Installation of ultra low-flow fixtures in the building's restrooms
  • Use of green cleaning supplies and pest control products
  • Recycling of tenant waste and construction debris
  • Use of recycled paper products
  • Use of recycled content carpets, low off-gassing wall coverings, paints, and adhesives
  • A program of tenant engagement, including submetering, a newly created Tenant Energy Management System, and mandatory green requirements in lease agreements.

In addition to the Empire State Building receiving LEED Gold certification, the USGBC has notified Empire State Building Company and Jones Lang LaSalle that a 3,500-square-foot pre-built space on the 42nd floor has been certified Platinum under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system. Jones Lang LaSalle built out the space in accordance with the building's interior design guidelines in order to demonstrate the cost and energy savings to tenants and prospects. The northward-facing space with views to the east and west is a key stop on leasing tours of the building, and is also available for lease to a tenant with immediate move-in needs.

About Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet (from base to antenna) above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is the "World's Most Famous Office Building." With new investments in infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. The Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions and is the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.esbnyc.com, www.facebook.com/EmpireStateBuilding, or @ESBObservatory.

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company's investment management business, is one of the world's largest and most diverse in real estate with $45.3 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website, www.joneslanglasalle.com.

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

 

NFPA News Aug – Sept 15th 2011

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NFPA Journal highlights post 9-11 fire and life safety improvements

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09/07/2011

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Resources to Cover Wildfire Season: Tips for Homeowners to Prepare Homes, Evacuate

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Stakeholders gather at Fire Protection Research Foundation planning workshop on protection strategies for lithium ion batteries

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NFPA and SAE announce additional speakers, special events at EV safety summit

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Sparky the Fire Dog seeks college students to help spread fire safety messages

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Dust Explosion Hazards Symposium hosted by NFPA and The Fire Protection Research Foundation

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NFPA offers Fire Prevention Week webinar

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Lisa Yarussi to head NFPA's Human Resources Division

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NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond Conference explores wildfire safety issues

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NFPA supports Mitchell for U.S. Fire Administrator

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NFPA to release new handbook on medical gas and vacuum systems

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NFPA and CPSC warn consumers to immediately stop using pourable gel fuel

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Research Foundation releases proceedings on Emergency First Responder Respirator Thermal Characteri

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NFPA Fire & Life Safety Conference set for December

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NFPA to offer code access to AFG grant applicants

 

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BICSI - ITS Training Opportunities to Enhance Your Career

Learn the skill set you need to advance yourself and your career. Find the credential you wish to pursue below and attend the BICSI training courses and exams listed. Click on the link for course details and to register.

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IN225: BICSI ITS Installer 2, Copper Training, December 12-16
Whether new installation or existing premise, BICSI’s ITS Installer 2, Copper Training Course gives you a competitive distinction by allowing you to showcase your skills as a copper system specialist. IN225 is a 5-day course that provides the foundations of a copper-based structured cabling system installation. ITS Installer 2, Copper examinations will be held December 16-17.

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TE350 is an intensive 5-day course that provides the necessary skill set of a structured cabling systems technician. ITS Technician examinations will be held December 9-10.

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Register today! For more information or to reserve your seat, follow the above link, or contact BICSI toll-free at 800.242.7405.
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NAED Hosts Successful First-Ever Congressional Fly-In Event


Members connected with lawmakers and lobbied for the electrical distribution industry

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is pleased to announce that its inaugural Congressional Fly-In was a success. The event took place September 7-8, 2011 in Washington, D.C. More than 25 NAED members attended, meeting with nearly 100 lawmakers and legislative staff on Capitol Hill.

“I’d like to thank all of our NAED members who participated in the congressional fly-in for making it such a great event,” said Thomas Naber, president and CEO of NAED. “Electrical distribution made a strong impression in Washington. The voice of the industry was heard and our members will continue to see results from being a part of it.”

“The NAED Congressional Fly-In was a tremendous experience and benefit to my company and the industry as a whole,” said Clarence Martin, CEO and CFO of State Electric Supply Company in Huntington, W. Va. “This event has opened the doors, and now we must take ownership of our own destinies and stay engaged when the issues that impact us come to the forefront.”

Representing 22 NAED member companies, attendees discussed some of the major topics affecting business and the electrical industry with their senators and representatives. These issues included: electric vehicles, energy tax incentives, the estate tax, LIFO, and federal regulations.

The NAED Congressional Fly-In included orientation and advocacy training, followed by a welcome reception and dinner on September 7. A breakfast featuring keynote speaker Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), as well as a series of meetings with legislators took place on September 8. Prior to the event, NAED scheduled the meetings, provided an advocacy training webinar, and furnish preparatory resources on key legislation. Stephanie Vance of Advocacy Associates, LLC, served as NAED’s consultant on this project.

For more information about becoming involved in NAED Government Affairs, reach out via e-mail, governmentaffairs@naed.org or by calling 888-791-2512. Learn more about NAED’s legislative issue agenda by visiting www.naed.org/TellCongress.

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

 

NEMA Reports to Congress on Standards Development Progress

ROSSLYN, Va., September 8, 2011— Today, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Assistant Vice President of Industry Operations John Caskey testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation about empowering consumers and promoting innovation through the Smart Grid. Mr. Caskey is also Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and Chair of the SGIP Vision/Mission/Roadmap Task Team.

In his testimony, Mr. Caskey encouraged the federal government to continue serving as a partner with industry in the effort to establish Smart Grid standards. He stressed the importance of promoting U.S. standards internationally.

“NEMA has taken the lead, with assistance from the Department of Commerce, to promote the U.S. Smart Grid roadmap in Mexico and Canada. Through a U.S. Trade and Development Agency program, NEMA is promoting the U.S. Smart Grid roadmap in China,” said Mr. Caskey. “As these countries and others adopt our Smart Grid architecture and standards, it opens the market for American manufacturers, and creates the opportunity for more American jobs.”

Additionally, Mr. Caskey also discussed SGIP next steps which included the creation of a roadmap to lead the organization forward for the next three years.

“The NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] framework has led us this far by identifying the most immediate standards work that needed to be completed over the first two years of the SGIP,” said Mr. Caskey. “Now the SGIP leadership needs to focus on providing direction for the next phase of Smart Grid development.”

Mr. Caskey also stated that NEMA believes the SGIP should work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and NIST to resolve the issue of defining “consensus,” and that Congress and regulatory agencies should proceed with great caution around the issue of mandatory adoption of standards. He also testified that Smart Grid standards are more complex than other standards because they often include complicated communication and protocol components.

“This issue radically changes the meaning of ‘compliance’ and our understanding of the concepts of ‘interoperability’ and ‘plug and play’,” said Mr. Caskey.

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

NEMA to Host Webcast on Reducing Building Energy Use with the Latest Lighting Management Technology

ROSSLYN, Va., September 7, 2011—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), representing American lighting manufacturers, will present a webcast on Thursday, September 15 from 1-2 p.m. (EDT), hosted by Building Operating Management magazine. The event focuses on the latest lighting control technologies, strategies and systems that will enable building managers to approach net-zero energy use and achieve sustainability goals.

In addition to highlighting the latest information on digital lighting controls, wireless systems, advanced daylighting and window shade controls, and occupancy sensors, the webcast will address energy code compliance and intelligent building systems integration.

This webinar is available at no charge.

To register, visit http://www.facilitiesnet.com/webcasts/082311_NEMA/.

For more information about energy savings through lighting upgrades, visit www.nemasavesenergy.org.

The presenters:

Bob Freshman, marketing manager with Leviton Manufacturing Company, works on commercializing products designed to simplify the adoption of energy conserving lighting controls into both new and existing buildings. He has been involved in the development, specification, and marketing of energy management lighting control products for Leviton.

Mike Houston, product line manager with WattStopper, is involved with many industry organizations including participation in the IES, ASHRAE, and NEMA. Through his experience in many areas of the supply chain, Mr. Houston has gained a well-rounded perspective and knowledge of lighting controls and their applications.

Michael Jouaneh, marketing manager with Lutron Electronics, is active in the development of the nation’s top energy and green building codes and standards. He is the author of several published articles, white papers, and case studies on high performance green buildings, energy conservation, and sustainability.

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

 

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Releases New ICT Jobs Report, Welcomes Jobs Speech by President Obama

Report Highlights the Role and Impact of Information and Communications Technologies (‘ICT') in the American Economy

Washington, D.C. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) welcomes President Obama's effort to create jobs across America and commends its member companies for continuing to play a significant role in the creation of jobs and growth and development of the U.S. economy.

While the information and communications technology (ICT) industry is generally thought of as manufacturers, software designers, and online services, the industry's reach has trickled down into every American's business, living room, backpack, and pocket. Growth in the ICT sector not only creates jobs tied to the physical deployment of the infrastructure, but leads to added manufacturing jobs for ICT equipment and indirect employment and economic growth through the creation of new businesses, services, and technologies empowered with greater broadband access in energy, health care, education, and other sectors.

A TIA commissioned report on "The Contributions of Information and Communication Technologies to American Growth, Productivity, Jobs and Prosperity," (written by Robert J. Shapiro and Aparna Mathur, August 2011) finds that "ICT companies accounted for 3,535,000 jobs in 2009." The report states that "in 2009, ICT firms contributed about $1 trillion to U.S. GDP, or 7.1 percent of GDP. This total includes nearly $600 billion in direct contributions from their own operations and more than $400 billion in indirect contributions through the benefits other sectors derived from the use of ICT."

"The role of ICT in our economy is tremendous and will continue to play a larger role as the world becomes more connected," said TIA President Grant Seiffert.

Other highlights from the report include:

» "ICT's direct contributions to GDP have increased nearly 25 percent since the 1990s, growing from 3.4 percent of GDP per-year in 1991-1993 to an average of 4.2 percent per-year over the years 2005-2009 – gains unmatched by any other industry."

» "The President's proposal to fund the development and initial deployment of a nationwide wireless broadband data and communications network for public safety agencies would lead to the creation of an estimated 100,000 new jobs in ICT industries and, over time, produce indirect or spillover benefits of an estimated $4 billion to $8 billion per year."

» "Investments of $3.4 billion in a 'Smart Electricity Grid' under the 2009 Recovery Act should directly produce nearly 30,000 new jobs. If the funding becomes seed money and an ICT-based Smart Grid is developed and deployed, analysts estimate the net economic benefits could range from $48 billion to $76 billion per year."

» "Lowering the corporate tax burden by 10 percent would increase investments in ICT by nearly $71 billion over several years, which in turn should raise productivity and total business spending on wages, salaries and other compensation by nearly $450 billion… Over several years, these increases in business investment and productivity would drive associated increases in workers' compensation, sufficient to cover wage gains averaging nearly $5,500 per-worker across the economy, or alternatively, some 6.8 million new jobs, or some combination of higher wages and additional jobs."

Having worked with the Obama Administration on the role of broadband in jobs creation, TIA asks that the President's jobs initiative include immediate implementation of parts of the National Broadband Plan that specifically require reallocation of desperately needed spectrum for wireless broadband to meet unprecedented consumer demand. Additionally, immediate ratification of outstanding free trade agreements will also contribute to boosting the U.S. economy and U.S. job growth.

TIA will be officially releasing its commissioned report on "The Contributions of Information and Communication Technologies to American Growth, Productivity, Jobs and Prosperity," later this month. To access the report in advance, please visit tiaonline.org.

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

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

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

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

Washington, D.C. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) welcomes President Obama's effort to create jobs across America and commends its member companies for continuing to play a significant role in the creation of jobs and growth and development of the U.S. economy.

While the information and communications technology (ICT) industry is generally thought of as manufacturers, software designers, and online services, the industry's reach has trickled down into every American's business, living room, backpack, and pocket. Growth in the ICT sector not only creates jobs tied to the physical deployment of the infrastructure, but leads to added manufacturing jobs for ICT equipment and indirect employment and economic growth through the creation of new businesses, services, and technologies empowered with greater broadband access in energy, health care, education, and other sectors.

A TIA commissioned report on "The Contributions of Information and Communication Technologies to American Growth, Productivity, Jobs and Prosperity," (written by Robert J. Shapiro and Aparna Mathur, August 2011) finds that "ICT companies accounted for 3,535,000 jobs in 2009." The report states that "in 2009, ICT firms contributed about $1 trillion to U.S. GDP, or 7.1 percent of GDP. This total includes nearly $600 billion in direct contributions from their own operations and more than $400 billion in indirect contributions through the benefits other sectors derived from the use of ICT."

"The role of ICT in our economy is tremendous and will continue to play a larger role as the world becomes more connected," said TIA President Grant Seiffert.

Other highlights from the report include:

» "ICT's direct contributions to GDP have increased nearly 25 percent since the 1990s, growing from 3.4 percent of GDP per-year in 1991-1993 to an average of 4.2 percent per-year over the years 2005-2009 – gains unmatched by any other industry."

» "The President's proposal to fund the development and initial deployment of a nationwide wireless broadband data and communications network for public safety agencies would lead to the creation of an estimated 100,000 new jobs in ICT industries and, over time, produce indirect or spillover benefits of an estimated $4 billion to $8 billion per year."

» "Investments of $3.4 billion in a 'Smart Electricity Grid' under the 2009 Recovery Act should directly produce nearly 30,000 new jobs. If the funding becomes seed money and an ICT-based Smart Grid is developed and deployed, analysts estimate the net economic benefits could range from $48 billion to $76 billion per year."

» "Lowering the corporate tax burden by 10 percent would increase investments in ICT by nearly $71 billion over several years, which in turn should raise productivity and total business spending on wages, salaries and other compensation by nearly $450 billion… Over several years, these increases in business investment and productivity would drive associated increases in workers' compensation, sufficient to cover wage gains averaging nearly $5,500 per-worker across the economy, or alternatively, some 6.8 million new jobs, or some combination of higher wages and additional jobs."

Having worked with the Obama Administration on the role of broadband in jobs creation, TIA asks that the President's jobs initiative include immediate implementation of parts of the National Broadband Plan that specifically require reallocation of desperately needed spectrum for wireless broadband to meet unprecedented consumer demand. Additionally, immediate ratification of outstanding free trade agreements will also contribute to boosting the U.S. economy and U.S. job growth.

TIA will be officially releasing its commissioned report on "The Contributions of Information and Communication Technologies to American Growth, Productivity, Jobs and Prosperity," later this month. To access the report in advance, please visit tiaonline.org.

 

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

 

 

Tough New PVC / TPU Jacketing Compounds For Industrial Data And Control Cable Withstand Aggressive Environments

Apex® P-55003 and P-55004 Exhibit Excellent Resistance to Mechanical Abuse and Exposure to Oils, Chemicals, and Low Temperatures 

PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A., September 8, 2011: Two jacketing compounds based on blends of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) provide outstanding resistance to the aggressive end-use conditions often encountered by industrial cables, it was announced today by Teknor Apex Company. The compounds will be introduced at Wire Southeast Asia in Bangkok next week by Teknor Apex Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. (Stand K02). 

Applications recommended for new Apex® P-55003 and P-55004 compounds include factory automation networks, industrial robots, and other plant systems requiring data or control cable. Besides exhibiting the superior abrasion resistance and excellent tensile properties associated with TPUs, the compounds provide resistance to oil and chemicals, toughness at low temperatures, and oxygen indices comparable to those of standard PVC jacketing compounds for industrial cable. Property data appear on the accompanying table. 

“Teknor Apex developed these new Apex PVC / TPU blends to provide durable protection for cable that is in constant movement, is subjected to rough handling, or is exposed to the aggressive substances often found in factory settings,” said Mike Patel, wire and cable industry manager. “They provide a combination of flexibility, toughness, and low-temperature endurance that is well suited for a broad range of industrial applications.”

 

Excerpt from FOA September 2011 Newsletter = = packed with good info

The Latest Issue Of The FOA Newsletter Is Now Online.

We're Part of A $ TRILLION Industry in the US
A TIA commissioned report on “The Contributions of Information and Communication Technologies to American Growth, Productivity, Jobs and Prosperity,” (written by Robert J. Shapiro and Aparna Mathur, August 2011) finds that “ICT companies accounted for 3,535,000 jobs in 2009.” The report states that “in 2009, ICT firms contributed about $1 trillion to U.S. GDP, or 7.1 percent of GDP.  This total includes nearly $600 billion in direct contributions from their own operations and more than $400 billion in indirect contributions through the benefits other sectors derived from the use of ICT.”

Other highlights from the report include:
 
“The President’s proposal to fund the development and initial deployment of a nationwide wireless broadband data and communications network for public safety agencies would lead to the creation of an estimated 100,000 new jobs in ICT industries and, over time, produce indirect or spillover benefits of an estimated $4 billion to $8 billion per year.”
 
“Investments of $3.4 billion in a “Smart Electricity Grid” under the 2009 Recovery Act should directly produce nearly 30,000 new jobs.  If the funding becomes seed money and an ICT-based Smart Grid is developed and deployed, analysts estimate the net economic benefits could range from $48 billion to $76 billion per year.”
 
From the TIA PR. You can download the entire report at TIAonline.

Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility - Do They Get More Than Cell Phones?
In August, Google announced that it has a deal to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings, the arm of Motorola spun off last year that makes cell phones and other communications equipment. The news has focused on Motorola's cell phones which use Googles Android operating sytem as the reason for the acquisition. But Motorola Mobility also makes set top boxes for CATV and is a major supplier of FTTH equipment to over 20 FTTH system operators including Verizon's FiOS systems. Is this just for phones or is this also about broadband? CATV is still, by a slim margin, the largest broadband system in the US, still beating DSL which has pretty much mined all the copper and is leveling out in new connections. Obviously, Google wants FTTH to succeed to bring GB broadband to the home, as it will demonstrate with its system to be built in Kansas City. But if they can't get GB FTTH, it seems obvious that having ~50 MB/s over cable modems with Internet-connected cable set top boxes is not a bad second choice-plus they may be able to revive Google TV!

How much power does Google use?
Would you believe 260 megawatts? Most (220 MW) are used by the data centers, so network power is much smaller. Google operates about 3% of all servers worldwide but only 1% of all the power used by data centers, highlighting their efficiency. Google says that 25 percent of its energy was supplied by renewable fuels—such as from wind farms—in 2011, and plan to increase that to 30 percent this year. MIT Technology Review reports.

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In This Month's Issue   

Are You In The South Pacific? Want To Meet The FOA?
We're Part of A $trillion Industry in the US
Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility - Do They Get More Than Cell Phones? How much power does Google use?
 Now There Are 23 FOA YouTube Lectures!
HDBT - The Standard You Never Heard Of!
Learn More About Australia's National Broadband Network
Benchmarking Fusion Splicing
Can You Tell Anything About The Condition Of The End Of A Fiber From An OTDR Trace? Something the OTDR can't tell you.
Should You Use Dry Water-Blocked Cables Near Salt Water?

Tech Puzzler is back - win a free FOA textbook! 

Are You In Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia  or Malaysia? Come Meet The FOA And Hear Our "What's New In Fiber" Seminar

After our enthusiastic reception in Turkey and Africa, we've had invitations to visit other areas of the world and present our "What's New In Fiber" seminars. We are now planning a trip to the South Pacific area - Australia, NZ, New Caledonia, Malaysia and Singapore. We expect to be there in November.  If you are interested in attending the FOA "State of Fiber Optics" seminar and meeting FOA personnel, let us know - email info@thefoa.org for details.

Jobs: Director, Engineering, Fiber Optics, Sr. Manager, Fiber Automation & Advanced Manufacturing.  More job opportunities in this month's newsletter.

Go To The FOA Newsletter

 

Security Products Magazine Celebrates 15 Years

Security Products magazine will be hosting a special two-hour panel discussion on the 15th anniversary of the IP camera. It also happens to be the 15th year anniversary of Security Products magazine. A joint production with Milestone Systems and Axis Communications, the panel discussion will be held during ASIS, Sept. 21.

Security is living large in lean times.

Security enhanced by technology (like the IP camera) is expanding coverage across the country and around the world. One industry expert pointed out that the video surveillance is 24/7 and is considerably  less expensive than “the feet on the street.” Security and safety are closely linked in the value of the IP cameras deliver. The places where we live and work are made safer because many new and remarkable security technologies. Soon, we expect to see systems that link the individuals’ wireless devices with mass notification systems. Imagine getting a video, voice or text message on your smart cellular device warning of some natural or man-made threat in your area. Wind, Fire, Flood, Riot, or Wreck…these developing systems will save lives and make us more secure.

In only two decades, the security products have made huge advancements in capabilities and value. State and local governments have embraced security with the same degree of acceptance that we see in the private sector. Today, the industry forecasts continued integration of these new security systems with many other automation systems (like smart buildings and secure campuses). Traffic camera networks are already saving lives in many communities. Applications for other areas of SECURITY and safety are rolling out continually.

Space is limited to attend this session, so to attend, contact Deborah Lovell at dlovell@1105media.com, events coordinator for the magazine.

The panel discussion will include Ralph C. Jensen, Editor-in-Chief of Security Products magazine, Eric Fullerton, vice president of global sales and marketing for Milestone; and Fredrik Nilsson, general manager for the Americas, Axis Communications.

Other panel members include Steve Collins, Cisco; Nick Wooler, 3VR; and Gary Wong, IP video surveillance specialist with IMS Research.

Safety is too important to ignore. Never text while driving. http://secprodonline.com/home.aspx

 

Real Estate Coalition Endorses New Resolution to Provide Building Owners with Whole-Building Energy Data

NARUC Resolution will allow Property Professionals to More Effectively Manage Energy Usage

(WASHINGTON – August 26, 2011) The Data Access and Transparency Alliance (DATA) applauds a recent resolution adopted by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) that encourages state public utility commissions to provide commercial building owners with access to whole-building energy consumption data to support energy-efficient building operations. DATA’s  members, including the Building Owners and Managers Association,  the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), The Real Estate Roundtable (RER), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), are advocating the need for building owners to have access to aggregate building energy consumption data, as it concerns building owners’ ability to manage energy efficiency and comply with the growing number of state/local mandatory benchmarking and disclosure requirements.

Currently, many building owners lack access to energy consumption data for separately metered tenant spaces in their buildings and, since the tenant owns the data, most utilities will only provide tenant energy consumption data to the owner/manager with the permission of the tenant. In a large building with many separately metered tenants, it is not practical to obtain potentially hundreds of signatures. This new resolution gives building owners and tenants the capacity to make informed decisions to drive energy efficiency improvements, while the aggregate nature of the data protects the privacy of tenants.

In order to educate key influencers and stakeholders that any benchmarking requirements imposed on building owners must include whole building data access, BOMA, IMT, RER and USGBC formed a coalition that includes leading property management companies and other environmental groups and state policy makers and regulators.

“We celebrate NARUC’s decision to make this important data available to building owners and managers,” commented BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “Improving access to building energy consumption data will help property professionals achieve greater understanding of energy consumption patterns and make our building stock more efficient and sustainable.”

“Poor access to energy data is a fundamental barrier to making commercial buildings more energy efficient," said Andrew Burr, director, Building Energy Rating Program at the Institute for Market Transformation. "We applaud NARUC for approving this important and timely resolution.”

“Building owners and their tenants depend on timely, accurate, and transparent data to benchmark energy consumption and undertake retrofits to save money through building retrofits,” said Jeffrey D. DeBoer, president and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable.  “The NARUC resolution sends a strong message that building owners, utilities, and regulators must work cooperatively to bridge the energy data gap as the necessary first step to improve the efficiency of our built environment.”

“This resolution acknowledges a very real problem – getting the data necessary to put a stop to wasting energy in commercial buildings. Commercial building owners and operators are looking for opportunities to save energy, and this resolution will be very helpful in removing the barriers to allow leadership in energy efficiency in their facilities,” commented Lane Wesley Burt, P.E., technical policy director, U.S. Green Building Council.

NARUC’s resolution also includes encourages State public utility commissions to consider a comprehensive benchmarking policy that includes: use of EPA ENERGY STAR automated benchmarking services; adopting methodologies to consistently and accurately credit program impact to benchmarking-driven energy efficiency programs; and taking all reasonable measures to facilitate convenient, electronic access to utility energy usage data for building owners.

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

About the Institute for Market Transformation

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection in the United States and abroad. Much of IMT’s work addresses market failures that inhibit investment in energy efficiency. For more information, visit www.imt.org. IMT also has launched www.buildingrating.org, the leading online hub for global rating & disclosure policy, a collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

About The Real Estate Roundtable

The Real Estate Roundtable brings together leaders of the nation’s publicly-held and privately owned real estate ownership, development, lending and management firms with the leaders of national real estate trade associations to jointly address key national policy issues relating to real estate and the overall economy.   Participating trade associations represent more than 1.5 million people involved in virtually every aspect of the real estate business. For more information, visit www.rer.org.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

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

 

LIVE ON LINE ECMAG.com The latest gathering of the definitive word on LED lighting

These articles are a valuable collection of “what’s now - what’s new - & what’s coming.”

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Featured Articles

·                     LEDs: Promise and Progress

Lighting evolves based on need. Incandescent made way for brighter fluorescent. Fluorescent made room for solid-state lighting (SSL). The next big idea may be light-emitting diodes (LEDs). While they are an SSL source, LEDs are new to general lighting applications. They are advancing rapidly, while being both commercially available and, in development, as robust research and development ramps up for this lighting source.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     LED History 101

"LED" is often used in casual converstion, and most people think they know what these initials stand for. Actally, most people don’t.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     2011: The Year of the LED?

Any given year has its predictions. If you’re reading this article, the world as we knew/know it didn’t end on May 21—one of the most publicized predictions for 2011. In Chicago, Cubs fans may yet again be asserting that next year will be the year their team goes all the way. In the lighting industry, however, another long-predicted milestone, the year LEDs finally take off, actually may have arrived.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     LEDs: Their Future is (Really) Bright!

Debate continues about whether LEDs have the output in lumens, the color consistency and the price point to replace traditional incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lamps in high brightness and general illumination applications. Is it finally time to end the discussion? Well, the numbers don’t lie. According to Attardi Marketing, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for high-brightness LED component sales for lighting from 2010 through 2015 is forecast to be 39 percent. In addition, The Bedford Report research firm states that LEDs are on the verge of overtaking both incandescent and fluorescent lamps, in terms of use, as governments, businesses and consumers seek to curb carbon emissions.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     Control Tweaks

The many advantages of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for general illumination have outweighed their limitations, except when it comes to dimming. Though they have not been without challenges in the area of controls, new solid-state lighting standards and expanded retrofit dimming capabilities are designed to position LEDs for greater compatibility as incandescent technologies phase out of existence.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     Quality Assurance

The LED revolution continues to promise many lighting benefits, such as compact size, energy efficiency, long service life with long mean time between failures, no mercury disposal, a resistance to shock and vibration, and no radiated heat or UV output. However, combine high demand for this hot, young technology with rapid product proliferation, continuing emergence of critical standards, and relative lack of industry education and experience, and many installations are failing user expectations.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     The Value Proposition

It’s not often that an electrical contractor has the opportunity to sell a product line that saves a customer time, money and energy; promotes green sustainability; and reduces the load on the nation’s power grid. But that’s what industry observers say LED lighting sources can do.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     Part of the Solution

Lighting fixtures are built around a given light source. In the case of LEDs, this task is more complex because LEDs are sensitive to heat and require special means to transfer it away. Additionally, the supporting optics and components are more sophisticated than simply wiring a socket to a ballast. As a result, high-performing LED fixtures are typically highly engineered lighting devices.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     The End of the Incandescent Era

Light-emitting diode (LED) technology enables the lighting industry to reimagine the lighting fixture in bold new ways. Another approach is to design replacement sources for existing conventional fixtures as a way to save energy and gain other potential benefits, including long service life, long mean time between failures, reliable operation in colder temperatures, and resistance to vibration. These general-service lamp replacements are typically integrated products, similar to self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     Virtual Power Plants

“VPP” is the latest electricity-system-of-the-future phrase in the expanding smart-grid lexicon. Virtual power plants (VPP) are the latest concept promising to improve distribution-system reliability and, possibly, to limit the need for new peak-period generating capacity, enabled by improved communications and response technologies.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     Control System Platforms Unplugged

Do your customers prefer a traditional or converged approach to their building automation infrastructure? Does your toolkit include an understanding of standards-based wireless platforms? Is interoperability a growing part of your vocabulary? In a sensor-driven, digitally connected world, answers to these and similar questions will define an electrical contractor’s (EC) assets in the commercial building controls arena.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

·                     NYC’s Twin Power

Five years after completing the 500-megawatt (MW) Astoria Energy natural gas combined-cycle power plant in Queens, N.Y., E-J Electric Installation Co. of Long Island City, N.Y., is at work on its twin—Astoria Energy Phase II—helping usher in New York’s cleanest, most efficient power plant.http://www.ecmag.com/images/template/orange_bullet_sm.png

 

Register now for a BICSI Technical Education Summit!

If you haven't already registered for the final two BICSI Technical Education Summits of the year, what are you waiting for? Held October 28-29 in San Antonio, Texas, and November 4-5 in Seattle, Washington, these two-day events will be packed with education, networking and vendor exhibits.

Each Technical Education Summit combines the best elements of BICSI Conferences and Region Meetings, offering quality education, networking and exhibits in a condensed format so you can spend less time away from the office!

Register today for either or both the San Antonio and Seattle Summits to take advantage of all they have to offer. Registration includes all meeting materials and admission to educational sessions and exhibits, as well as breakfast and lunch both days. BICSI Members and ITS Installers/Technicians qualify for a reduced registration rate. www.bicsi.org

 

BOMA California Defeats Anti-Business Right to Hire Legislation

(WASHINGTON – September 13, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) California has led California’s business community to defeat Assembly Bill 350, one of the most far-reaching pieces of legislation to impact the state’s commercial real estate industry in years. The bill required service providers to hire a previous contractor’s employees each time a new contract is generated. On an unprecedented seventh floor vote in two days, the California Senate finally voted the bill down on a bipartisan vote as one of the last acts of its legislative year on September 10.

“Congratulations to the ‘No on AB 350 Coalition’ and the members of the BOMA local associations in California for their hard-fought efforts in defeating California Assembly Bill 350,” commented BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “This bill tried to dictate hiring decisions for building service employees, by requiring that any time a service contract is changed, businesses would be required to retain the previous contractor’s employees for a 90-day period.  In other words, the building management or contract could change, but the new company must retain all the previous employees at the property. Not only was this bill bad for California, it would have set a national precedent.”

Assembly Bill 350 impacted any property with service contracts, including hospitals, commercial properties, restaurants, grocery stores, universities and hotels. These same constraints applied to the sale of a building. A new owner would be mandated to retain all of the existing service contractors’ employees from the previous building owner and would not be able to bring in new service contractors with different employees.  Similar successful efforts to pass this type of law have been seen in local markets around the country; however, stopping this bold first attempt to apply the law to an entire state will help stymie future efforts.

BOMA California leveraged the BOMA International Industry Defense Fund to mount a campaign against the measure. It formed the “No on AB 350” coalition, a group of business, healthcare, tourism and service providers, including BOMA California, the California Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP of California, the California Hospital Association, the California Grocers Association, the California Attractions and Parks Association, the California Hotel & Lodging Association, Able Services and Paragon Services Janitorial. BOMA members also mobilized a heavy grassroots effort to educate their legislators the on bill’s damaging impacts.

For more information on their effort, visit www.ab350areyoukiddingme.com.

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

 

Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5B

Google said the deal will not affect development of its Android OS

Google has entered into an agreement to acquire the mobile phone and tablet maker Motorola Mobility for about $12.5 billion, the company said Monday.

Google has offered about $40 per share in cash, a premium of 63% over the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday.

Motorola Mobility exclusively ships phones and its Xoom tablet with Google's Android operating system. The deal will mean that Google now has a hardware manufacturer to work with closely to develop Android, said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.

Google will also have control of Motorola's impressive patent portfolio, Milanesi said. Motorola Mobility said earlier this year that it owns about 24,500 patents.

But the deal may also create tension with other mobile phone manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung, which also ship Android devices, she said. Since creating Android, Google has rotated manufacturers with which to release new Android code, releasing the code to others about six months later.

Google may risk alienating those other manufacturers, but Milanesi said "all these vendors have invested so much in the platform, they won't quickly walk away from it."

Google may also want to speed up the development of its Android operating system on tablet computers, where it has been slower to catch on than on mobile phones, Milanesi said. The next release for Android, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, will be an operating system designed for tablets and mobile devices.

Google said the acquisition will "supercharge the Android ecosystem and enhance competition in mobile computing," according to a news release. Google said the deal will not affect how Android is developed, and the operating system will remain open, Google said.

The company will run Motorola Mobility, which has about 20,000 employees, as a separate business, Google said. The transaction is expected to close at the end of this year or early next year.

Motorola Mobility, which was spun off from its parent company in early January, is composed of two groups: Mobile Devices, which makes phones, and Home, which makes set-top boxes and other IPTV equipment.

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BICSI Canadian Conference and Exposition – Prepare now

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your knowledge, ideas and best practices with other information technology systems (ITS) industry professionals at the upcoming 2012 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition in scenic Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Whether you are a veteran public speaker or someone looking to gain experience, BICSI encourages you to submit your presentation proposal today to speak at the conference.

Approved speakers will gain valuable industry recognition while contributing to the advancement of your profession and providing attendees with information they can immediately put to use in the ITS industry. In addition, all conference presenters will have their registration fee waived for the 2012 Canadian Conference!

Click here for more information on what kinds of presentations we are looking for.

To complete the application process, click here. Don’t delay, the submission deadline is December 9, 2011.

Don’t miss your opportunity to shape the conference program and share your experience, knowledge and insight about the ITS industry with the conference attendees.

Please feel free to forward this email to a colleague or friend.

Signifiez votre présence dans le secteur des systèmes IT (ITS) en tant que conférencier Canadien de BICSI
Ne ratez pas cette occasion de partager votre connaissance, vos idées et vos pratiques avec les autres professionnels du secteur de l’ITS lors de la prochaine Conférence & Exhibition Canadienne de BICSI qui se tiendra dans le décor pittoresque de Niagara Falls, en Ontario au Canada en 2012. Que vous soyez un vétéran du discours public ou quelqu’un désirant acquérir de l’expérience, BICSI vous encourage à soumettre votre proposition de présentation aujourd’hui afin de parler lors de la conférence.

Les conférenciers acceptés obtiendront une reconnaissance précieuse de leurs pairs tout en contribuant à l’évolution de leur profession, et en fournissant aux participants des informations qu’ils pourront immédiatement mettre en application dans les systèmes IT. En outre, tous les conférenciers se feront rembourser leur frais d’inscription pour la Conférence Canadienne de 2012!

Cliquez ici pour plus d’information concernant les présentations qui nous intéressent.

Pour compléter le processus de candidature, cliquez ici.. Ne tardez pas, l’échéance de soumission est le 9 décembre 2011.

Ne ratez pas votre chance d’ajouter votre contribution au programme de la conférence et de partager votre expérience, votre connaissance et vos intuitions concernant le secteur de l’ITS avec les participants.

N’hésitez pas à transférer ce courriel à un collègue ou ami!

 

KITCO Fiber Optics Again Named to “Top 100” Military Training Technology List

KITCO Fiber Optics has been named for the seventh consecutive year to the Military Training Technology “Top 100” List.  The list is compiled by Kerrigan Media International and Military Training Technology magazine from companies around the world that have made a significant impact on the military training industry.  An impartial panel selected the winners based on various criteria including total military sales, innovation and program effectiveness.

KITCO Fiber Optics is a leading provider of fiber optic connectorization products, training and consulting services to the military and commercial communications industry.  We specialize in the design and fabrication of fiber optic tools, tool kits and custom cable assemblies; producing private label kits for a number of major connector manufacturers and selling our own broad line of commercial and military products.  We develop curriculum and provide commercial and military training worldwide, and serve as the U.S. Navy’s sole shipboard fiber optic trainer.  Our highly skilled field services team can respond to your fiber optic requirements anytime, anywhere – rapidly providing the best solutions for overcoming system problems or delays. www.kitcofo.com

 

Leviton Structured Media® Planning Tool Makes Network Deployment Easy

Online planning utility supplies fast, free structured wiring network design assistance

Bothell, WA, – August 30, 2011Leviton Network Solutions, a division of Leviton Manufacturing Inc., launched a new Structured Media® Center Planning Worksheet to help contractors, distributors, and homeowners design their structured wiring networks. The new online resource incorporates the all of a homeowners connected devices – from HDTVs and VoIPs to gaming consoles and streaming audio and video – and provides a practical solution for today’s ultra-connected lifestyle.

The Structured Media Center Planning Worksheet allows users to specify the device details of their space – type of television service, number of data locations, type of audio system, home theater arrangement, and type of security system. Based on this information, Leviton provides a customized bill of materials with complete product summaries, including the enclosure, routers, distribution boards, power supplies, and patch cables needed to quickly install their custom network. Both standard and premium network gear is available, so users can determine what capacity for growth they want to include.

The Structured Media Planning Worksheet can be accessed from Leviton.com/HomeConfig.

 

NAED Course Helps Counter Sales Associates Become Pros

Revised Counter Pro course defines the importance of the role of counter sales associates

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is pleased to announce that the revised edition of Counter Pro is now available on the NAED Learning Center. The NAED Counter Pro training program’s updates and improvements make it even more effective in educating counter sales associates.

Counter Pro is designed to help associates that are new to this role or are being considered for this role to better understand the electrical distribution industry, the responsibilities of the job, how to work effectively with coworkers, improve customer interactions, and improve their sales and marketing efforts. The revisions to Counter Pro include more concise and updated text, audio narration, and improved images and activities that reflect the current state of the industry.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) are offered for this course. NAED is an authorized IACET provider, and now offers CEUs for almost all of the courses that are accessible on the NAED Learning Center.

Counter Pro is available exclusively on the NAED Learning Center, and can be included as part of a VIP Access package. To purchase this course, contact NAED Member Services at memberservices@naed.org or 888-791-2512.

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

 

Fiber Optic Networks - Expanding At The Speed Of Light

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

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

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

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

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

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

The rush to Fiber should be considered from three points of view: Residential, Commercial, and Government (including Military).

On the commercial side, FIBER in LAN and Campus LAN installations:

The need for increased bandwidth to accommodate a huge increase in devices using Wi-Fi is just one of the needs driving demand for more fiber and higher bandwidth. Server virtualization , reducing active hardware costs for management, maintenance and support is also driving a need to provide higher bandwidth channels. Increased demand for OM3, OM4 and Single Mode cabling will put owners in a position to take advantage of current 10 Gigabit capabilities with opportunities to accommodate 40 and 100 Gigabit actives in the future. Increasing usage of new software for VOIP, Video Conferencing, Medical Technology and 3D Modeling Systems is also requiring an increase in installation of high bandwidth fiber.

On the residential side, Fiber To The Home – FTTH is driving the rapid pace of deployment in the USA.

Verizon is one of the companies leading the charge for FTTH. The Federal Communications Commission’s just-released report on residential wireline broadband service, “Measuring Broadband America,” confirms that Verizon FiOS Internet customers receive blazing-fast and sustained upstream and downstream speeds even during peak usage periods. The FCC’s broadband performance tests, conducted earlier this year by SamKnows, an independent company that tests broadband speeds, measured the speed and performance of major wireline Internet service providers nationwide. The results of the nationwide tests, issued Tuesday (Aug. 2), show that Verizon’s all-fiber-optic-based FiOS Internet service performs exceedingly well at all hours including during the most active hours of broadband use: between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on weekdays. The test results also show that Verizon FiOS Internet customers are receiving speeds that meet or exceed those advertised by the company. The report compares each ISP’s test results with the ISP’s advertised speeds. Verizon’s FiOS service delivered 114 percent of its advertised download and upload speeds when measured during peak periods. This was the highest percentage of any ISP participating in the test. The report also concludes that “fiber-to-the home has the best performance for latency” and demonstrates that Verizon’s FiOS service loaded Web pages faster than any other tested ISP.

On the Public Sector path to a Fiber Optic Superhighway:  Security and Military applications seem to dominate in 2011

Fiber optics offers an unrivaled level of security. It cannot be easily jammed or tapped and is immune to interference. It is widely used for security cameras, perimeter alarms and other critical systems in military, government, and numerous top secret applications. Many of the applications and tested results will be reviewed at AVFOP 2011 - Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Technology conference.

2011 IEEE Avionics, Fiber- Optics and Photonics Technology Conference (AVFOP) -Sponsored by Photonics Society - PHO

The aerospace industry has made great strides in recent years deploying fiber optics and photonics technology on commercial and military platforms. This trend will continue to grow as avionics fiber optic system architectures, networking schemes, and components evolve and mature. In parallel with data and video transmission, photonics technology for analog/RF, flight control, free-space communication, and vehicle monitoring applications will have an increasing role in future aerospace platforms. http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/index.html?Conf_ID=17118

 

FIBER OPTIC TECHNOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Fiber optic technology has grown tremendously over the years and is used in many applications today. Without us realizing it, fiber optics are an essential part of our everyday lives.

First Use of Fiber Optics

One of the first uses of fiber optics was the telephone, and today, fiber optic technology has revolutionized long distance calls. It has also made wiretapping more difficult and helps to prevent electrical interference. Probably the biggest use today for fiber optics is the Internet, which is information that fiber optics cables send digitally.

Fiber Optics and the Military

Fiber optic technology is in high demand in the military today. The military has tested the cables rigorously and decided they were excellent to use in many of their applications. The fiber optic cables offer the military better performance, more bandwidth, and security for their signals - all at a lower cost.   The cables are strong, lightweight, and can also be used outdoors in any type of harsh environment. These features make the fiber optic cables an excellent choice for use in the military’s retrieval and deployment applications.

Fiber optic missile launchers and radar systems are also used in the military.  In many of their control systems, the military uses a single optical fiber to replace miles and pounds of copper wire.

Fiber Optics Used in our Transportation System

The fast-paced transportation system is becoming a fast growing market for the use of fiber optics with the increase in traffic and more demand for automated toll booths, traffic signals, and message signs that are changeable.

UAVs and Fiber Optics

A fairly new and fast growing application for fiber optics is Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). With the ability to provide a fast and efficient way to transmit a large amount of data over long distances, fiber optics were utilized as the main communication conduit between the UAV and ground control.

Other Uses of Fiber Optics

Fiber optics are also used in applications where bright light needs to be shone on a target without a clear line-of-sight path. They are also used to route sunlight from a roof to other parts of the building.

Optical fiber illumination is used for decorative applications such as Christmas trees, signs, and art. Showcases displayed in boutiques use optical fibers for illumination of different angles with only one light source.

Special optical fibers are used for sensor applications in areas that involve oil-well monitoring and fire or leak detection.

The bandwidth offered by fiber optics enables cable television to transmit signals to their subscribers. This is very useful for the services cable companies offer. Other important fiber optic applications are used in research institutions, colleges and universities, aerospace, and chemical industries.

Fiber optic technology is definitely growing rapidly and is an essential part of our everyday lives.

LAN (Local Area Network) and Fiber Optics

Local Area Network (LAN) is a combined group of computers, or computer systems, connected to each other that allow shared program software or data bases. LAN systems are used by colleges, universities, office buildings, and industrial plants, for making use of optical fiber.

LAN in Colleges and Universities

With the technology of LAN and fiber optic applications, college students and professors can do their research from their rooms and offices without having to go to the library. It provides access to other campus colleges, enabling staff members to perform research with other college professors.  It also enables students to take special courses from instructors at other colleges. College students in rural areas can now have quality-advanced curriculum without the high traveling expense.

Purchasing software programs for a network will save the college a tremendous amount of money and also allows for easier upgrading. Colleges can also have passwords on their programs for denying access to unauthorized users. Using passwords, they do not have to worry about programs being illegally copied.

Colleges or universities with a large number of students can add additional computers, scanners, and modems to the network for students to share.

LAN provides dollar savings for students by allowing them to e-mail their friends at home and on other campuses instead of having to pay for a long distance phone bill.

LAN and Office Buildings

More and more companies today are demanding that fiber optic applications be made available when considering an office building as a rental place for their businesses. Some companies will even pay more to rent a building or office with fiber optic applications because they feel it is very important for their business to have access to a fast communication network.

Companies that use fiber optic cables to set up their LAN do not have to worry with dangling and tangled cables, and their data is transmitted at an even higher quality and speed than with other network applications. With the fiber optic system, the company does not have to be concerned about a fire hazard because no electricity runs through the cables. Many very large office buildings use fiber optic lighting for their offices or for outdoor advertisements.

LAN and Industrial Plants

High-speed and high-quality communication links are needed in industrial plants. To monitor their processes online, industrial plants can use a fiber optic application to connect their control systems to their computer networks. A plant can also collect valuable information from other machines and plants that might help their plant’s machines run more smoothly and efficiently.

Optical fibers have many physical properties that make them an excellent choice for the harsh environmental conditions found in industrial plants such as electromagnetic interference (EMI), extreme temperatures, and even lightning strikes. Fiber optic cables are rugged, have a very large bandwidth, have long cable lengths, and are immune to electromagnetic interference (EMI).

By combining both LAN and fiber optic applications, colleges, universities, and businesses can obtain an almost endless stream of information on a daily basis. Companies can also use both of these to increase productivity while providing a convenient, safe environment for their employees and customers.

Fiber Optics in Our Work Environment

Fiber optic technology has brought a whole new outlook for our fast-paced work environments. Fiber optic applications have helped to increase communication, profits, provide better medical benefits, and save time and money.

Fiber Optics Role in Office Networks

Office networks have found that fiber optics work very well as a backbone infrastructure. With fiber optic applications, office networks have high-capacity communication lines, which give them faster Internet connections, fax capabilities that are high-tech, and digital voice messaging. Networks use video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings to bring clients together. This reduces the networks’ costs as well as the clients’ travel and expenses.

Fiber optic applications allow office workers that must travel to be able to connect to the Internet and upload and download work orders and information faster than ever.

With a fiber optic application, office networks have the advantage of sending more information at a time over their computers than before and using more phone lines without any disturbance. Fiber optic cables are the best types for computer networks because they send information digitally, and this is what the networks need.

Large office networks also benefit from fiber optic applications because they can fit into tight spots and go around corners. This is due to the amazing flexibility of fiber optics.

The security that fiber optic applications offer is a major benefit to firms such as banks, which are often owned by private networks.

Fiber Optics in the Medical Field

For many years, specialized fiber optic instruments have been used in the medical field. The lab and clinical diagnostics, endoscope, light therapy, x-ray imaging, dental hand pieces, surgical, and diagnostic instruments are some of the fiber optic applications.

Fiber optic applications have helped the medical field advance tremendously over the past decade. They allow the physician to see inside specific areas of the body and perform surgery on hard-to-reach areas. Fiber optic applications also provide a quicker and more accurate analysis of blood work. They are also used for the removal of abnormal skin and cancerous growths.

Patients benefit from medical fiber optic applications because they offer faster healing and less discomfort after surgical procedures due to smaller incisions.

Fiber Optic Applications in other Work Environments

Fiber optics are also helpful in many other fields today such as automotive, plumbing, electrical, engineering, carpentry, and exterminating. The automobile mechanic can check valves and pistons without removing the heads. The plumber can locate the cause of a blocked drain and pinpoint a leak easily. The engineer can see hard-to-reach places during safety inspections. All of this is due to fiber optic applications.

Fiber Optic Comfort

For businesses in need of a more pleasant work environment for their employees and customers, there is a fiber optic application available that brings sunlight in without using electricity. This would also result in great energy savings for the business.

Future Fiber Optics

As you can see, fiber optics are well-known not only in the network industry, but many others. With more and more demand, the fiber optic technology will continue to grow.

Understanding Fiber to the Premises (FTTP)

Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) is a form of fiber optic communication delivery in which an optical fiber is run directly onto customers' premises. This new technology brings remarkable speed and an altogether new broadband experience.

Fiber to the Premises uses fiber-optic cables and associated optical electronics instead of copper wire to connect a customer to a network. A central office distributes an optical signal over an optical distribution network (ODN). At the end of this network, optical network terminals (ONTs) will convert the optical signal into an electrical signal.

The optical network terminals are located on private property for FTTP network architectures and the signal usually travels electrically between the ONT and the end-user’s device.

Direct fiber and shared fiber are optical distribution networks with competing technology.

Direct Fiber

Direct fiber is the simplest optical distribution network since each fiber that leaves the central office only goes to one customer. Even though this network provides excellent bandwidth to the customer, the amount of fiber used and the central office machinery that is required is very costly. Because of this, the direct fiber is usually used close to a central office and in a small service area.

Shared Fiber

It is more common for each fiber leaving the central office to be shared by many customers. This fiber is split into individual customer-specific fibers when it gets close to the customers. This split is achieved by either an active optical network (AON) or a passive optical network (PON).

Active Optical Network (AON)

An active optical network (AON) uses equipment such as a router, switch, or multiplexer that is electrically powered to distribute a signal. Each signal that leaves the central office is directed only to the customer for whom it is intended.

Passive Optical Network (PON)

A passive optical network (PON) is a point-to-multipoint network with a high bandwidth that brings optical fiber cabling and signals all or most of the way to the end user by non-powered optical splitters, which means less cost, longer reach, and no upgrade.

PONs rely on light waves and are capable of delivering high volumes of upstream and downstream bandwidth that can be changed to suit the user's needs. Included in a PON are an Optical Line Termination (OLT) at the service provider's central office and a number of Optical Network Units (ONUs) near end users.

Advantages of FTTP

With FTTP, new products and services can be activated remotely, either permanently or on demand, whichever the customer prefers. FTTP's performance can be monitored, and before the customer realizes there is a problem, it will be repaired. FTTP is easier to maintain and is less susceptible to harsh weather.

With this new technology, FTTP brings remarkable speed and higher bandwidth along with a wide range of services at an affordable price for businesses and home owners.

Fiber Optics and Power Companies

The technical direction a utility provider selects for its communications network will emulate its operating and business endeavors. The more complex and demanding the requirements are, the more likely a fiber-optic network will best serve its needs.

Power Companies Gain Efficiency

Power companies are beginning to apply fiber-optics in their communication systems now more than ever. Since their power lines already reach every telecommunications customer, they can compete more and save by teaming with the traditional phone company than with the networks built by new telecommunication startups. Many power utility companies have fiber-optic communication systems in place for supervising their power grid systems. Optical ground wire (OPT-GW) is one of the most common cable technologies used by power utilities.

By using a fiber optic infrastructure, the utility company will increase its efficiency by networking operation centers, power-generating facilities, and substations.

Customer Friendly Fiber Optics for Utility Customers

A fiber optic infrastructure offers electric utility operations an upgraded internal communication network along with cost-efficient operation. These include customer friendly offerings such as remote meter reading and automatic billing. By interacting more with their customers, the utility company will find that customers will be more satisfied with the services and will show more loyalty.

Advantages of Fiber Network

Utility fiber networks are extremely useful to electric utility companies since they offer reliability. which is a major requirement in the industry. The fiber optic system offers high capacity with a feasible technical solution for easing excess capacity. Also offered is rapid upgrade, ease of deployment, and a versatile range of networks with a big advantage over other configurations.

The advantage of being less susceptible to outages is very important to electric companies. This is offered with fiber optic cables because they are made with very strong material and are not susceptible to extreme weather conditions.

By installing a fiber optic network, utility companies can have the security of lines no longer being dug up. They also don’t have to worry about access to lines by unauthorized personnel.

Fiber Optic Networks are Economical

Optical fiber is very economical for power utilities since they already own rights-of-way (ROW) and power poles. This gives the utility company the ability to install fiber optic cables alongside their existing power poles and increase their revenues for now and the future by leasing excess transmission capacity.

The low cost of installing and operating with fiber optics provides utility companies a big savings since power utility personnel already have the qualifications for installing and working with cables.

Future of Power and Fiber Optics

With all of the opportunities offered to power companies today, they can improve their operations immensely and substantially increase their revenue because fiber optics is the evolution of the electric-power business.

Fiber Optics and Cable Television

Cable television is one network system today that is making a drastic step forward by spreading out from its long established role as an entertainment service industry which includes on-demand video and broadcast television to a high-speed data service industry.

The original design of cable television systems was the one-way, analog transmission system using coaxial cable. Today, cable television companies have found that fiber is the perfect choice for transmitting signals to multiple customer locations.

In this distribution system, each location is connected to an isolated terminal by a dedicated optical fiber and the tuner connected with each individual customer TV set is stationed in the remote terminal. Channel-selection signals are sent over the fiber from the customer location to the remote terminal. The single selected channel is the only channel transmitted over the fiber from the remote terminal to the associated TV set.

This application helps to prevent an outage for a large number of customers during a period of time and this in turn gives the cable companies a better customer relationship. It also helps to increase the company's revenue by giving them a return path in which they can use for telephone connections and Internet.

Because of the growth in demand for communication signal transmission, cable television is in the midst of advancing their existing systems with fiber optic technology.

Benefits to End Cable Users

With fiber optic technology, cable companies can offer their customers a much better quality picture while at the same time reduce their operating costs because fiber optics cost much less to maintain.

One of the main uses of fiber optics to cable companies is the large information carrying capacity, which is hundreds of times greater than copper wire. Fiber optics also offer essential protection from electrical interference and lightning.

Fiber optics are highly reliable because they do not corrode in moisture, do not short out in water, and still perform at high speeds in any type of harsh weather. Optic cables are very lightweight because of their small size, and their long lengths make them easier to install. With fiber optic cables, there is no danger of fire hazards because they do not transfer any electricity.

Signal Improvement

Without losing power, fiber optic cables can carry television signals for a very long distance because of the technology of using very thin strands of glass. In different areas of the network, both single mode and multimode signals will be used. Signals will be sent from the central office to optical nodes using single mode fiber and then it will be converted to multimode.

Optical cables use light signals instead of electricity and this makes the signals much clearer and offers a very low signal loss over a wide range frequency with no interference to other signals.

Within the next few years, most cable television companies will have fiber optics installation, making it an advanced and versatile communications network solution.

Reprinted with permission from CableOrganizer,com  www.cableorganizer.com

About CableOrganizer.com

How They Started:

It all started back in February 2002, when Valerie Holstein and her husband, Paul, invested $30 into registering a web domain, and began operating CableOrganizer.com from their home garage. Frustrated by the unruly cables around their computers and home theater system, they set out to offer simple but effective products that would help others organize the cord clutter in their homes and offices.

It turns out that they found a niche, and in the passing years they've not only expanded the company's product line to include electrical supplies, network products, home theater components, tools and testers, but also grown out of their garage and into 38,000 square feet of warehouse space in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. CableOrganizer.com has become the one-stop shop that over 250,000 customers worldwide rely upon for over 42,000 products, comprehensive consumer resources, fast order turnaround, and stellar customer service.

Why They Are Different:

Customer satisfaction is our first priority. We pride ourselves on the fact that anyone can dial our toll-free number 24/7/365, and be greeted by a live person on the other end of the line. Our Customer Service Representatives are second to none; they're expertly trained on the products we offer, and you'll find that they're also unfailingly friendly and accommodating, even to the point of referring a customer to one of our competitors if we can't give that person what they need within the time frame he or she requires. As one of our representatives recently said, "if you need it, we've got it… if not, we'll get it!"

CableOrganizer.com is a GSA-certified Woman Owned Business, and thanks to our extensive product line and unsurpassed service, we've had the honor of supplying an impressive lineup of well-respected organizations, which includes NASA, Boeing, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Lucent, Pfizer, Walmart, Kodak, Lockheed Martin, Wells Fargo, and many others.

Who They Are:

Still led by co-founders Valerie Holstein (President and CEO) and Paul Holstein (Vice President and COO), CableOrganizer.com is powered by a diverse group of executives, IT experts, marketing professionals, web designers, product specialists, customers service representatives and logistics personnel from all over the world. In addition to our headquarters in beautiful South Florida, we also operate a subsidiary, CableOrganizer France (http://cableorganizer.fr) out of Rennes, France.

 

NECA 2011 San Diego offers Expert Education for Contractors and Installers

Electrical Contractors have more opportunities than ever before. Yes, I know that times have been tough in many areas of the country, but our customers are looking to us for answers. They must reduce their energy consumption and they don’t know who to trust.  The electrical contractor’s scope of work is expanding and that means more jobs in areas like: energy audits, solar/PV, lighting retrofits, smart grid, electric vehicle charging stations, and so much more.

The need to stay abreast of the latest safety and standard updates is paramount. NECA 2011 San Diego is a great place to learn about the latest training and thousands of the newest product solutions from the nation’s leading manufacturers. Register now for The NECA Show, October 22-25, 2011 in San Diego.  This Special Bulletin outlines all pre-convention workshops available to Apprentices, Journeymen and Instructors, as well as the trade show and technical workshops that are being offered as a FREE benefit through our partnership with NECA.

NECA is offering FREE Admission to the largest trade show in the industry and 18 technical workshops that take place right on the show floor. The NJATC has partnered with NECA to present the Pre-Convention workshops. The instructors are the best in the industry. They are being offered at a very reasonable rate. San Diego is an amazing town, so bring your family along!  Stop by the NJATC booth #1827 to say hello!  The NJATC staff will be on hand to answer your questions.  I hope to see you in beautiful San Diego!

Take Credit for Learning

NECA has created an agenda designed for signatory contractors, training instructors, apprentice and journeymen.  You will hear from industry experts, and you will see the largest collection of products & services together to find solutions for America’s growing energy - efficiency challenges.  And you can earn while you learn!  NECA offers CEUs & contact hours for pre-convention and technical workshops. These credits can be used to fulfill any state requirements for license renewals.  They are certified by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Pre-Convention Workshops
Friday, October 21, 2011

8:00am – 12:00pm        An Electrical Contractor’s survival guide to Building Information Modeling
Speaker:
David Morris- Director of Virtual Construction, EMCOR Construction Services
This four hour session will focus on terminology, definitions, and other basics of understanding of BIM followed by best practices, implementation, and contractual pitfalls.

8:00am – 12:00pm        Significant Changes in the 2011 NEC
Speaker:
Michael J. Johnston - Executive Director of Standards and Safety, NECA; James T. Dollard - Safety Coordinator, IBEW Local 98
The National Electrical Code®is the most widely recognized and accepted electrical standard in the world. Every three years the NEC® is updated to reflect the newest installation practices utilized by the electrical industry, bringing about hundreds of changes to the code. This course provides attendees with a thorough review of the most significant changes in the 2011 NEC.

8:00 – 5:00pm   OSHA  ET&D 10 hour Train the Trainer Course
Speaker:
Joe Branco - Corporate Safety Manager, Quanta Services
This course is to train trainers (line workers, supervisors, and instructors) who are capable, qualified and certified to train the workforce at the Area-wide Joint Apprenticeship sites or at an individual employer’s location. The course objective is to train trainers to enhance accident prevention, introduce electrical safety and its role in todays outside electrical industry, and to prepare workers to understand how to identify basic concepts and techniques of electrical safety-related work practices for line workers. This course also provides an overview of OSHA construction safety regulations with an emphasis on OSHA regulations for electric generation, transmission, and distribution equipment and systems (1910.269 and 1926 Subpart V). This course is a 2  day course that meets on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

8:00 – 5:00pm   OSHA ET&D Supervisory Leadership Skills Outreach Train the Trainer Course

Speaker: James a. McGowan - Director, Safety Training, Quanta Services

The Electrical Transmission and Distribution (ET&D) Partnership developed an OSHA accredited course to ensure effective training for both management and employees. This course is designed to educate supervisors (i.e. general foremen, foremen, foreman candidates) within the electrical transmission and distribution industry on how to affect a positive safety culture on their worksites by addressing core elements of an effective safety and health management system.  Graduates of this course who meet the appropriate qualifications and requirements will be able to teach this course at Area-wide Joint Apprenticeship sites and at an individual employer’s locations. This course is a 2 1/2 day course that meets on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and from 8:00 am until noon Sunday, October 23, 2011.

 

1:00 – 3:00pm   Grounding and Bonding
Speaker:
Paul Dobrowsky- Electrical Safety Specialist, Innovative Technology Services
This presentation is based on the brand new NJATC textbook titled: Applied Grounding and Bonding. This authoritative program is presented by a long-time active member of NEC Code-making panel 5 which is responsible for electrical grounding and bonding requirements.

1:00 – 5:00pm   How the Electrical Contractor can lead their team through a LEED project
Speaker:
Erica Paul- LEED® Accredited Professional, Rosendin Electric, Inc.
LEED projects are rapidly moving into the building mainstream. Successful contractors have fundamental “know how” to navigate this rapidly evolving market drive.  This workshop will provide the fundamentals of LEED.

2:00 – 4:00pm   NECA 413 EVSC
Speaker:
Gregory W. Massey- Consulting Engineer/USDA Facilities Management Specialist, National Information Technology Center
NECA-413 is a new National Electrical Installation Standard (NEIS) that is titled “Standard for Installing and Maintaining Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment.” This presentation provides a high level review of the one of the newest and most popular NEIS to date.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

8:00 – 10:00am NCA 412 Standards for Installing and Maintaining Photovoltaic Systems
Speaker:
Michael J. Johnston- Executive Director of Standards and Safety, NECA; Gregory W. Massey- Consulting Engineer/USDA Facilities Management Specialist, National Information Technology Center
NECA-412 is a new National Electrical Installation Standard (NEIS) that is titled “Standard for Installing and Maintaining Photovoltaic (PV) Systems.  Learn how NEC 412 can assist contractors in providing quality, safe, high-performance photovoltaic (PV) system installations. Attendees receive a copy of the standard. 

8:00 – 12:00pm Changes in NFPA 70E 2012
Speaker:
: Palmer Hickman- NJATC Director of Codes and Safety Training and Curriculum Development; James T. Dollard Jr.  Safety Coordinator, IBEW Local 98
This session will provide attendees with a high level review of significant revisions to NFPA 70E-2012 that impact contractors business. See how revised requirements impact both employees and employers.

8:00 – 5:00pm   OSHA  ET&D 10 hour Train the Trainer Course

8:00 – 5:00pm   OSHA ET&D Supervisory Leadership Skills Outreach Train the Trainer Course

8:00 – 5:00pm   Surviving the Crane Standard
Speaker:
Mary Germershausen- Director of Safety Program Development, Quanta Services, Inc.; James Gregurek- Environmental Manager, Quanta Services, Inc.
Topics covered include, hand, voice and audible signals, crane operations and limitations, as well as signal person requirements. Participants will be provided with training and reference materials. They will also learn training techniques that will add value to their training program. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skill to lead your company into compliance today!

1:00 – 3:00pm   2011 Lean Applications in Electrical Prefab
Speaker:
Michael J. McLin, Managing Director, Maxim Consulting Group, LLC
Best in class electrical contractors are bringing 20-30% of their field labor hours into the prefabrication shop at an average productivity improvement of 30%.   We will discuss best practices being deployed in the industry including photos of the most productive and progressive shops in the US, the importance of product standardization, linking estimating to detailing to prefabrication to field installation, and logistics and inventory management ideas to further enhance cost reductions resulting in higher margins.

THE NECA SHOW IS ABOUT SOLUTIONS

The NECA Show is the place where the electrical construction industry finds solutions for their projects and their bottom lines. We all know that customers have become more demanding, and expect to be offered more energy efficient options to consider. The NECA Show is North America’s largest resource for our industry, and you’ll discover the newest innovations and technological product advances. 

This is your chance to meet company executives and product designers and ask your questions. Talk about your specific needs on upcoming projects and what you expect from vendors that you work with. 

Whether you are looking for better tools, software updates, safety equipment, new emerging technologies like solar and wind, utility vehicles, or the new electric vehicle charging station equipment, you will find thousands of products and services available to help you achieve the results you need.

FREE Technical Workshops
Sunday, October 23, 2011

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

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


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

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

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

1:30 - 2:20pm    Exploring BIM Software: RIVET, MEP, and NAVISWORKS
Presenter: Ed Bundy, McCormick Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:30 - 1:20pm  The Future of Visible Light Communication
Presenter: David G. Sexton, President, LVX System

Complete details & registration available at www.necaconvention.org Limited Seating so register today! Questions? Call 301-215-4506

THE SHOW FOR THOSE WHO POWER THE WORLD!

NECA 2011 San Diego
October 22-25, 2011

San Diego Convention Center

National Electrical Contractors Association

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

 

NECA ENERGY FORUM OFFERS LOW VOLTAGE SOLUTIONS FOR CONTRACTORS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS

Virtually every new building and energy technology increases demand for electrical contracting expertise, while challenging electrical contractors to develop their knowledge and skills. The NECA 2011 Energy Forum, on Saturday, October 22, offers NECA contractors insight into the market opportunities and business process of energy solutions work.  Stanley Lazarian, NECA District 9 Vice President and chairman of the NECA Energy Solutions Task Force, will lead the Energy Forum and moderate a plenary panel discussion outlining the energy solutions business model. Breakout sessions with experts in their respected energy fields will explore specific aspects of the process afterwards. “Electrical contractors are the vital link between energy-efficient technology and cost-efficient construction,” Lazarian said. “Our goal at the Energy Forum is to provide contractors and their customers with an opportunity to share what they’ve learned about working on renewable energy, conservation and sustainable construction.”

A session of particular interest to low voltage contractors includes:

Moving toward Net-Zero Energy Buildings
Energy efficiency is the heart of any energy solutions project, and in most cases the most effective way to reduce energy consumption and related operating cost for your customers. Our energy efficiency experts will discuss a number of options that contractors should consider when proposing energy improvement projects, with or without renewable energy sources. This workshop includes a brief discussion of energy auditing as a first step to energy efficiency. Moderator: Bernie Kotlier, Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions, California IBEW-NECA LMCC Panelists: Doug Avery, Project Manager, Southern California Edison; David Wylie, Professional Engineer, ASW Engineering,

For a complete listing of all Energy Forum sessions, and instructions on how to register, visit www.necaconvention.org  Limited Seating so register today! Questions? Call 301-215-4506

THE SHOW FOR THOSE WHO POWER THE WORLD!


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

 

What’s New at the 2011 NECA Show in San Diego

NECA CONSTRUCTION ZONE BAR SPONSORED BY SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

The Construction Zone Bar is the perfect gathering spot. Grab a cool drink at the cash bar, watch the Sunday NFL games, or check the scores of your favorite Baseball play-off teams.  Internet access is available to catch up on email too.  Our sponsor, Schneider Electric, is offering complimentary popcorn, and be sure to stop by their booth (1325) to pick up a ticket for a complimentary signature drink at the Construction Zone Bar. Limited quantities are available so don’t miss out!  The Construction Zone will be open during all show hours.

WIN one of two (2) VIZIO 55” LCD HDTV’s

Support the NECA Student Chapters and you just might be a winner of a new Vizio 55" 1080p LCD HDTV with internet applications. This amazing technology puts the best of the web right on your TV screen.

Raffle tickets are just $5 each, so purchase several which will help NECA develop more student programs and increase your chances of going home with one of two (2) fabulous prizes. Raffle tickets will be sold in the in Construction Zone Bar. This raffle is open to EVERYONE. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 just prior to the Grand Prize drawings in the NECA lunch area on the show floor. You do not need to be present to win. The TV’s will be shipped to the winners following the NECA Show.

Prayer Breakfast

Start your day with an inspirational message and music from NECA. Please join us on Sunday Morning for a continental breakfast, worship and fellowship at the San Diego Convention Center.

Complete details & registration available at www.necaconvention.org Limited Seating so register today! Questions? Call 301-215-4506

THE SHOW FOR THOSE WHO POWER THE WORLD!

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

 

NEMA Supports Transfer of DOE Transmission Corridor Authority to FERC

ROSSLYN, Va., September 12, 2011—Citing its commitment to improving the regulatory environment for the planning, development, siting, and construction of transmission infrastructure, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) weighed in at the Department of Energy (DOE) in support of the transfer from DOE to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of certain directives regarding transmission corridors authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05).

In a letter to DOE on September 9, NEMA offered its support for a draft proposal that would put into a single agency all EPAct05 authorities related to improving interstate transmission infrastructure in the most congested areas of the country.

“NEMA was influential in making the case to Congress for a greater federal role in the development of certain interstate transmission lines,” said NEMA Vice President of Government Relations Kyle Pitsor. “Unifying these authorities at FERC should offer a fresh start for the implementation of the law.”

EPAct05 gave DOE and FERC complementary responsibilities to improve the nation’s ability to develop high-priority transmission lines. FERC and DOE have drafted a plan that would move DOE’s authorities to conduct triennial transmission congestions studies and to establish National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETC) to FERC. EPAct05 had already assigned FERC to issue permits for construction within DOE-identified NIETC.

Since enactment of the law, two court decisions invalidated FERC’s backstop siting authority in these transmission corridors as well as DOE’s designation of the two NIETC themselves, one in the Mid-Atlantic and the other in the Southwest.

“These setbacks require the agencies to re-evaluate the way forward,” Pitsor said. “This administrative action, along with FERC’s careful application of any new authorities provided to it in accordance with EPAct05 and the provisions contained in FERC’s Order No. 1000, would reduce congestion on our nation’s electric grid, facilitate siting of new transmission infrastructure, and improve the delivery of power from where it is produced to where it is consumed by residential, commercial, and institutional end-users.”

A copy of the letter can be found at www.nema.org/DOEDelegation2FERC.  

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

 

Power Considerations in Business Disaster Planning – a valuable message from Minuteman UPS

Examines costs of power disruptions, business impact, and suggested solutions

Dallas, TX – August 23, 2011 – Para Systems, Inc., a leading provider of comprehensive power protection solutions sold under the Minuteman brand, today released a white paper, “Powering Your Business Disaster Planning.”   The white paper describes key components of a comprehensive plan to prevent businesses and other organizations from suffering severe consequences as a result of a power outage, whether it’s a short-term loss of power or an extended outage. 

Power problems can be brought on by numerous events, including man-made incidents such as construction accidents or terrorist attacks, as well as weather-related disasters such as hurricanes, floods, lightning, or earthquakes.  The effects of these events, no matter the source, can create havoc that can potentially cripple businesses and other institutions.

The business community and virtually any other type of organization are highly dependent on continuous, reliable power in order to maintain the availability of servers and network peripherals, telephone systems, and security systems,” commented Bill Allen, director of marketing for Minuteman.  “Not much business gets conducted without power, and it’s highly incumbent on these institutions to make sure they have a viable disaster plan in place that includes power availability contingencies.”

The white paper cites several different research studies and publications from various sources, including the U.S Department of Energy, J.D. Power and Associates, Frost and Sullivan, and the Electric Power Research Institute.  “Our goal in the white paper was to have the reader contemplate and consider the costs and vulnerabilities associated with even the smallest power interruption,” continued Mr. Allen.  “In addition, we have outlined the real value that a comprehensive power backup plan can contribute to business continuity.”

The white paper can be downloaded directly from the Minuteman website.  For more information, visit www.minutemanups.com/disasterplanning.

About Para Systems, Inc.

Para Systems, Inc., based in Carrollton, TX, is a leading provider of power technologies.  The company’s Minuteman brand of comprehensive power protection solutions range from small to large-scale uninterruptible power supply (UPS) products to a full line of unique surge suppressors, power distribution units, and remote power management systems.  Minuteman products protect telephone/VOIP systems, personal computers, network servers and infrastructure peripherals, security systems, and industrial applications. The Minuteman brand of products is sold through a large network of distributors and resellers.  Para Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Components Corporation of America, headquartered in Dallas, TX, whose roots date back to 1916. For more information, visit www.minutemanups.com.

Millimeter Wave Radio Company Siklu Is Entering North American Market

Siklu Will Bring Its Popular Mobile Backhaul Radio System to North American Service Provider and Enterprise Markets

NEW YORK, August 23, 2011 – Siklu, a pioneer in the wireless backhaul market, has come to North America, and is now offering its low-cost millimeter wave radio systems in the North American market.

Siklu delivers carrier-grade millimetric wave Gigabit Ethernet radio solutions with unparalleled price-performance value. Offering the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership, and incorporating on-board networking capabilities, solutions from Siklu are ideally suited for mobile backhaul, Carrier Ethernet business services, enterprise, and vertical applications.

The flagship Siklu solution is the EtherHaul E-band radio, which operates in the licensed 71-76/81-86GHz portion of the spectrum. What distinguishes EtherHaul is its all-silicon design, which enables a price point 80 percent less than competitive systems. Siklu’s systems are installed in operator and enterprise networks across Europe.

Ilan Moshe, who is heading the North American activities, said the EtherHaul, which was successfully launched in the fourth quarter of 2010 in Europe, will be available in the North American market starting in the fourth quarter of this year. Siklu will also be exhibiting the EtherHaul at the 4G World conference and expo in Chicago in October.

“We see a tremendous need for a product such as EtherHaul in North America,” Moshe said. “Operators are challenged to provide sufficient backhaul capacity to support mobile broadband applications, and nowhere is this challenge more acute than in congested urban areas.”

Moshe added, “The E-band is ideal for shorter-distance high-bandwidth connections, and we believe that Siklu’s EtherHauls ystem, with an irresistible price and networking capabilities, will be able to fill operators’ and enterprises' needs in urban areas across North America.”

Privately held Siklu is backed by prominent and experienced international investment funds and private investors, led by Evergreen Venture Partners, DFJ Tamir Fishman, and Argonaut Private Equity.

About Siklu

Siklu has been committed to reducing the cost of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions since 2008. The company’s success centers on an innovative silicon-based design of the E-band radio system and components that has resulted in systems priced as low as 20% of competition. The EtherHaul delivers gigabit speeds over the uncongested millimetric wave spectrum and is ideal for a wide range of urban and metropolitan Ethernet wireless backhaul applications. Serving providers around the world, Siklu Communication is based near Tel Aviv, Israel. Learn more at www.siklu.com.

 

The Training Programs of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry receive a one million dollar, five-year donation from the Fluke Corporation

The “Fluke 1 Million” program establishes company as an NJATC Platinum Level Training Partner

Upper Marlboro, MD – The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) has entered into an agreement with Fluke Corporation, the global leader in portable electronic test and measurement technology, to create the Fluke 1 Million program to train the next generation of electrical union workers. Over the next five years, Fluke will donate $1 million in cash, test equipment, and training support to enhance the IBEW/NECA training by adding state-of-the-art technology to the classroom.

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to develop and standardize education in the electrical industry. The national Fluke 1 Million program establishes Fluke as an NJATC “Platinum Level” training partner and demonstrates its commitment to NJATC and IBEW-NECA training programs.

Fluke 1 Million will add programs, resources and scholarships to NJATC curriculum, including:

·         The Fluke Online Instrumentation and Control Academy, a new educational component that adds dynamic online training to the traditional mix of book learning, classroom and lab experience, creating a rich, blended learning model. The Fluke Online Instrumentation and Controls Academy will become mandatory training for all IBEW apprentices who earn credit for the NJATC Instrumentation Course, as well as all students who receive training under the umbrella of the IBEW Construction Wireman (CW) and Construction Electrician (CE) classifications. “This virtual academy will allow the factory floor to be brought to the student wherever they are, enabling them to be more acclimated to, and therefore more productive, in the industrial controls environment when they are presented with this opportunity,” said Marty Riesberg the director of curriculum development for the NJATC.

·         Fluke product endowments for local JATC classrooms and labs, provides Fluke test equipment to labs so students can train with best-in-class tools.

·         Fluke National Training Institute (NTI) graduate and outstanding apprentice recognition programs rewards graduates of NTI instructor training with Fluke products.

·         Fluke NTI Outstanding Graduate Scholarship program, which awards one graduate each year with a $5,000 scholarship to be used to support the cost of their continuing participation at NTI.

“The NJATC has had a long time relationship with Fluke and this takes it to a whole new level. We could not be happier with such strong and lasting support,” said NJATC Executive Director Michael Callanan.“The NJATC strives to produce the very best training materials possible and we believe that this type of presentation of training materials is the future for how IBEW/NECA apprentices will learn their trade. We are grateful for the commitment from Fluke to help us achieve this goal.”

“Fluke is a strong believer in the IBEW and NECA and we are committed to supporting the future of skills training in America,” said Fluke Vice President of Marketing Clement Feng. “We have worked together with the NJATC in various ways for over ten years and I’m very happy to formally recognize the value of this great relationship.”

About Fluke Corporation

Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke tools deliver the testing and troubleshooting capabilities that are critical to keep commerce and industry running smoothly. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, metrologists and building diagnostic professionals who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes for quality control and building restoration. In the past five years, Fluke tools have won more than 50 industry awards, including Test and Measurement World Best in Test, Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice and Plant Engineering Product of the Year.

For information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of your nearest distributor, contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206, call (800) 44-FLUKE (800-443-5853), fax (425) 446-5116, e-mail fluke-info@fluke.com or visit the Fluke Web site at http://www.fluke.com.

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Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

About NJATC

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

About National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

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

About The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

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

 

Harger announces the launch of UltraWrap

A specially designed carrier for exothermic graphite molds!

GRAYSLAKE, Illinois – August 31, 2011 – New from Harger Lightning & Grounding, the UltraWrap, a protective piece of equipment designed for use with exothermic graphite molds.

Equipped with handles for easy transport, the UltraWrap is finished with Kevlar, a strong woven synthetic material and padded with silicate filling that prevents heat loss, and moisture intrusion. Tests show that when placed in the UltraWrap, a hot mold remained warm and moisture free for several hours, alleviating the need to reheat the mold between applications. Velcro lined edges secure the mold during transport and protect against damage from rough handling, ultimately extending the life of the mold.

“The UltraWrap protects the user from coming into contact with hot molds and provides a safe, effective way of moving these molds around a job site or for vehicle storage,” said Mark Harger, President/CEO Harger Lightning & Grounding. “Once the connection has been made, clean the mold, remove the handles, lay the mold in the Mold Blanket, seal the sides, and ready for use within the next several hours. It also can be used as a protective blanket against weld splatter.”

UltraWrap is available now! For pricing, please contact hargersales@harger.com or 800-842-7437.

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

 

Siemon Launches Overhead Racking Solution for Data Centers

Mounts directly to overhead ladder rack or cable tray, providing 4U of 19” rack mount space above cabinets and racks without consuming data center floor space

July 12, 2011, WATERTOWN, CT – Siemon today adds a new cable tray rack to its line of data center cable management solutions.  Designed to mount directly to overhead ladder rack or cable tray, Siemon’s cable tray rack delivers 4U of easily installed and accessible 19” rack mount space above cabinets and racks without consuming additional floor or cabinet space, making it ideal for use within Zone Distribution Areas (ZDAs) or Equipment Distribution Areas (EDAs) in data centers.

Used with copper patch panels or fiber enclosures, the cable tray rack can increase cabling density without sacrificing orderly cable management.  By moving patching fields out of the cabinet itself and into easily accessed overhead spaces, ongoing moves, adds and changes are simplified.  This flexibility can also help speed the deployment of new data center equipment, allowing pre-cabled connectivity to be installed in overhead spaces and simply connected via patch cords as new cabinets and/or equipment is added.

Siemon cable tray rack’s overhead configuration can also improve data center thermal efficiency and airflow by minimizing obstruction of equipment cooling features due to cabling congestion within the cabinet.

The new product’s unique design allows it to be easily attached to all common overhead cable tray and ladder rack systems, including Siemon’s RouteIT system, and can be can be mounted below, flush or above cable tray in both parallel and perpendicular configurations.  The product includes Siemon’s high capacity ¼-turn twist-lock cable managers, which lock into place quickly without use of screws or mounting tools and can be easily located to provide customized cable management.

Siemon’s cable tray rack provides 4U of standard CEA-310-E 19 inch (480mm) mounting space and offers a 60lb (27kg) load rating to easily accommodate a wide range of panel types.  Available with #12-24 tapped rails for the Americas and M6 cage nuts for other global markets, this cULus 1863 and RoHS-compliant rack is constructed using a durable 12 gauge cold-rolled steel frame with a smooth black powder coat finish for a clean appearance within data center environments.

For more information on Siemon’s cable tray rack as well as other Siemon network cabling and connectivity innovations, visit http://bit.ly/pXmQgy

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About Siemon

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

 

tED Magazine Names 2011 “Best of the Best” Marketing Award Winners


Warshauer Electric Supply and Madison Electric Products Achieve Highest Distinction

ST. LOUIS... The Electrical Distributor (tED) magazine, the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), announced the 2011 winners of its Best of the Best Marketing Awards Competition. The awards were presented on August 15, 2011 at the InterContinental Chicago during NAED’s 2011 AdVenture Electrical Marketing Conference.

Each year, tED magazine recognizes the electrical industry’s top marketing initiatives with its Best of the Best Award competition. tED presents these honors in 12 categories. Companies compete with those of similar sales volume in each category. This year’s awards represent the finest marketing efforts in the electrical industry for campaigns occurring in 2010.

The 2011 competition acknowledged the achievements of the electrical industry with a total of 47 award winners and two overall winners. For the first time in the 42-year history of the award program, all submissions were entered electronically.

Of the awards presented, one distributor and one supplier were selected to represent the overall best marketing practices of the electrical industry.

BEST OF THE BEST OVERALL WINNERS:

  • Distributor: Warshauer Electric Supply, Tinton Falls, N.J. The company earned Best of the Best individual awards in the Event Category for its “Solar Certification Class” and in the Integrated Promotional Campaign category for its “Energy Solutions Group” campaign.
  • Supplier: Madison Electric Products, Bedford Heights, Ohio. The company captured awards in three categories: “Madison Electric Products Sparks Innovation Center” won for Brand Awareness; “Social Media Delivers Results” won for Digital Campaign; and “Clip-It Product Launch” won for Product Launch.

The 2011 Best of the Best Award category award winners are:

BRAND AWARENESS:

  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Bricos, “New Identity, Same Commitment”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Gexpro, “Development and Launch of Active-8 Service and Brand”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Madison Electric Products, “Sparks Innovation Center
  • Supplier over $250 million – Eaton, “Anti-Counterfeit Initiative”

DIGITAL CAMPAIGN:

  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Werner Electric Supply (Wisc.), “Werner Mysteries”
  • Distributor over $200 million – State Electric Supply, “Social Media Launch”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Madison Electric Products, “Social Media Delivers Results”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Fluke, “It’s a Tight, Tight World”

DIRECT PROMOTION:

  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Independent Electric Supply, “2010 Energy Services Marketing Brochure”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Border States Electric, “Storm Recovery Catalog”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Service Wire, “2010 Direct Mail Campaign”
  • Supplier over $250 million – OSRAM Sylvania, “Schools & Universities Electronic Direct Mail Campaign”

EVENT:

  • Distributor under $25 million – C.N. Robinson Lighting Supply, “everGREEN” Tradeshow
  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Warshauer Electric Supply, “Solar Certification Class”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Graybar, “2010 National Electrical Training Conference”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Lutron Electronics, “Energy-Saving Products and Retrofit Solutions Online Training”

INTEGRATED PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN:

  • Distributor under $25 million – C.N. Robinson Lighting Supply, “Don’t Forget Your Batteries at CNR”
  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Warshauer Electric Supply, “Energy Solutions Group”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Summit Electric Supply, “Introducing LSZH”
  • Supplier under $250 million (tie) – Legrand/Cablofil, “Solar Panel Supports Made Simple” and Solais Lighting, “Environmentally Friendly LED Lighting”
  • Supplier over $250 million – GE Lighting, “Environmental Lighting Solutions – Linear Fluorescent Systems”

LITERATURE/SELLING TOOL:

  • Distributor over $200 million – OneSource Distributors, “The Power of OneSource”
  • Supplier under $250 million– L-Com, “2011 Master Catalog”
  • Supplier over $250 million – OSRAM Sylvania, “Market Segment Brochures”

MERCHANDISING:

  • Distributor over $200 million – Summit Electric Supply, “Revamped Merchandising for Albuquerque and Fort Worth
  • Supplier over $250 million – LENOX, “The LENOX WOLF WALL”

PRINT CAMPAIGN:

  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Wiedenbach-Brown, “2010 Print Advertisement”
  • Supplier under $250 million – WAC Lighting, “Promoting Responsible Lighting and Attracting Professionals”
  • Supplier over $250 million – GE Energy, “Easy Print Ad Campaign”

PRODUCT LAUNCH:

  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Werner Electric Supply (Wisc.), “Southwire SIMpull Head Product Launch”
  • Distributor over $200 million – CapitalTristate Electrical Distributor, “Yes, We Do Solar!”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Madison Electric Products, “Clip-It Product Launch”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Littelfuse, “LF Series Fuse Block Launch”

PUBLIC RELATIONS/COMMUNITY OUTREACH:

  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Leff Electric, “5,000 Ton Green Challenge”
  • Distributor over $200 million – NorthEast Electrical Distributors, “Project Green Lights 2010”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Federal Signal, “Uncovering the Safety Concerns of America”
  • Supplier over $250 million (tie) – GE Energy, “Anti-Counterfeit Initiative” and Lutron Electronics, “Artifact Donation to the Smithsonian Institute”

PUBLICATION:

  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Van Meter Inc., “Stay Current”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Graybar, “Company Overview Brochure”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Philips Lighting, “Lighting e-ssentials Distributor Newsletter”

WEBSITE:

  • Distributor under $25 million – LiveWireSupply.com, “State-of-the-Art Website for Electrical Contractors in the Office and in the Field”
  • Distributor $25-$200 million – Schaedler Yesco, “Schaedler Yesco Expo 2010 Website”
  • Distributor over $200 million – North Coast Lighting, “North Coast Lighting Website”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Architectural Area Lighting, “AAL Launches New and Improved Website!”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Lutron Electronics, “New Lutron.com”

The winning campaigns from the 2011 competition are featured in the August print and digital issues of tED magazine. A video of all of this year’s entrants, as well as a video highlighting the winning entries can be viewed at www.tedmag.com/BOB11/. Details on next year’s Best of the Best contest will be released in October. For additional contest information, contact Sheila Logan at slogan@naed.org or (314) 812-5318.

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

 

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Marks 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Arlington, Va. - To mark the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) President Grant Seiffert released the following statement:

"TIA honors the victims, the families, survivors, and the heroes on this day of national remembrance. We will never forget those whose lives were senselessly lost, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to save others. They forever remain in our hearts and prayers.

"Supporting the public safety community is one of the key aspects of TIA’s mission. TIA member companies are committed to providing the benefits of the latest technology – such as mobility, location identification and information density – to give consumers, businesses, and government the most effective tools to respond in moments of crisis. TIA members are dedicated to contributing to this noble effort through building out public safety networks and manufacturing public safety communications systems, equipment and devices.

"In Washington, TIA continues to strongly advocate for policy initiatives to swiftly develop and implement an interoperable public safety network.

"TIA also acts as a catalyst for the wireless industry to develop and maintain technology standards for digital equipment and systems that will assist the life-saving and damage-control activities of first responders at the scene of an emergency or disaster situation. This activity, known as Project 25 (P25), is supported by industry, government agencies and public safety communications officials.

"As we reflect somberly on the anniversary of this seminal event, TIA and its member companies wish to acknowledge the sacrifices of all who put their lives in harm’s way in service to their communities and country. We pledge our full support to these brave men and women."

Grant Seiffert, President, Telecommunications Industry Association

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

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

 

CERRO WIRE TO SHOWCASE AT NECA

Expanded range of XHHW-2 insulated copper conductors also on display, Booth 1638

Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, announces that it will highlight its complete range of wire products featuring True Sequential Footage at the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention (NECA), October 22-25, 2011, in San Diego, CA, Booth # 1638. Cerrowire will also be displaying its expanded line of XHHW-2 cross-linked polyethylene (XLP) insulated copper conductors.

True Sequential Footage, a sequentially printed cable reel that provides accurate wire length with each cut, prevents the need to carry excess cable inventory, providing precision length, accurate footage, and cost control. The industry-leading True Sequential range is guaranteed by Cerrowire to be accurate to ±0.5 percent on reels 1000 feet and longer for sizes 1 AWG and larger. Wire normally lost on each cut made with less accurate cutting systems (3 to 8 percent) is saved when True Sequential Footage’s precision footage marking system is used. 

Also on display is Cerrowire’s new line of XHHW-2 cross-linked polyethylene (XLP) insulated copper conductors in full colors with a SLiPWire® jacket and True Sequential Footage.  XHHW-2 is ideal for use in conduit or other recognized raceways for service, feeder, and branch circuit applications as specified in the NEC®. It is a good choice for industrial applications where better insulation toughness and resistance to moisture and heat are required. SLiPWire XHHW is manufactured using Cerrowire’s Self-Lubricating Polymer (SLP®) technology, so it can be installed without a pulling lubricant.


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