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Issue: September 2012
By: Frank Bisbee

Datacom/Telecom Glossary
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Bisbee’s Buzz

The NEC – National Electrical Code – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The National Electrical Code (NEC®), is a regionally adoptable standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring including low-voltage cabling and fiber optic cabling and equipment in the USA.  The NEC, while having no legally binding regulation as written, can be and often is adopted by states, municipalities and cities in an effort to standardize their enforcement of safe electrical practices within their respective jurisdiction. In some cases, the NEC is amended, altered and may even be rejected in lieu of regional regulations as voted on by the governing bodies of any given locale.

The NEC codifies the requirements for safe electrical installations into a single, standardized source. It is part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®), and while not itself a U. S. LAW, NEC use is commonly mandated by State or Local law and administered by the local authority having jurisdiction.

The local authority having jurisdiction usually inspects for compliance with these minimum standards.

The NEC conceptually is developed and updated to provide the rules and regulations to safeguard people and property. Every three years the NFPA develops updates for the NEC to keep pace with industry changes and new information revealed.

All of this concern for the best interest of public safety and property sounds great on paper. However, the reality is that the NEC has become a battleground for special interests groups with a commercial agenda to make specific changes or prevent updates. These groups have “deep pockets” and a checkered past, littered with charges of price-fixing, racketeering, and criminal neglect. The NFPA is constantly challenged to maintain their mission and administer the changes and updates to the NEC.

“if you can’t sell your product, try to create a law requiring the public to buy your product.” are wise observations about the NEC process from the late John Moritz, a long time communications industry expert and former panel member of the NFPA 90A committee. He often related his experiences in dealing with the shills from some special interests groups while trying to update NEC’s the rules and regulations to safeguard people and property.

In spite of the ugly underside of the code development process, there are still many dedicated professionals in the electrical industry that donate thousands of hours each year to support the NFPA’s efforts. Electrical contractors, members of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), local code administrators, and first responders are perhaps the most committed groups focused on public safety protection through the NEC. Always, remember that there are folks out there who will do ANYTHING for money, including compromise the safety of you and your property. Codes are important and so is the code development process.

We salute “The Good Guys” and…

Please join us in commemorating this year’s 9/11 anniversary. This month, we remember those lives that were taken on that fateful day, September 11th, 2001…and the many who have sacrificed so much since that terrible day.

Remember – Rebuild - Unite

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column


Optical Transport Market Growth Driven by New Generation Equipment -100G DWDM Shipments Forecast to More Than Double Each Year Through 2016

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 14, 2012 – In a newly released Optical Transport forecast report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, total worldwide optical transport market revenue is forecast to grow at a seven percent compounded annual growth rate driven by the demand for a new generation of equipment.

“The optical transport market is in its next stage of transformation,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport Market Research at Dell’Oro Group.  “In each new generation of optical equipment, there have been two distinct evolutions.  The first being higher speed interfaces and the second being better packet transport capabilities.  Regarding higher speed interfaces, the market is moving rapidly to 100 gigabit DWDM and we forecast wavelength shipments to grow at greater than 120 percent each year for the next five years.  On the topic of improved packet transport capabilities, the market is moving to OTN and MPLS/MPLS-TP as is leaves SONET/SDH as a legacy network element,” added Mr. Yu.


Megladon New Product of Angle Polished HLC® ScratchGuard® Fiber Optic Patch Cords is a winner with network managers

Megladon New Product of Angle Polished HLC® ScratchGuard® Fiber Optic Patch Cords is a winner with network managers. This past year has seen a remarkable market acceptance of this unique product that was introduced September 13, 2011. Network managers have told us that the Angle Polished HLC® ScratchGuard® Fiber Optic Patch Cords have consistently delivered RELIABILITY, PERFORMANCE, and LIFESPAN. One manager told us “these patchcords are so good that we don’t get any go-backs for service problems.”

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. APC HLC Patch Cords have tested superior in performance in every test we conducted.

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 (, “Jim Hayes, President of the Fiber Optic Association 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 .

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


Nothing goes to the bottom line faster than reduced expenses


Manufactured Wiring Systems – Article from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine

Flexibility and quality provides contractors with installation benefits

by Darlene Bremer
Published: August 2012

Known by names such as prefab wiring, prebuilt wiring and modular wiring, manufactured wiring systems (MWSs) have been in existence for about 25 years. Although MWSs are recognized as a serious alternative to conventional wiring methods, the debate between the traditional pipe-and-wire approach to electrical installations and MWSs goes on.

“MWSs’ evolution has been driven by the necessity to reduce cost and fast-track electrical construction activity,” said Serge Oberoi, vice president, process development and transformation for Electec Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario.

According to Jeff McDermott, product manager for Legrand/Wiremold, West Hartford, Conn., one of the reasons for refocusing on MWSs is to help deal with the perceived labor crisis in the construction industry as older electricians begin to retire.

“MWS minimizes the number of hard connections that need to be made and enables more work to be delegated to apprentices,” he said.

James Anderson, product manager, Cooper B-Line, Highland, Ill., agreed. “The driving force behind establishing MWS was the desire to save time and labor and to increase efficiency,” he said.

OK, it’s clear the market is growing, but what exactly makes up an MWS? An MWS is an easily installed modular distribution system that is more efficiently prefabricated off-site in a controlled environment.

According to the Tratos Group, Stefano, Italy, an MWS enables electricians to provide a complete installation—from the prewired plug-in distribution board, which is completely wired internally, to the farthest points of a circuit—by simply connecting the components together and using a series of preterminated cables and prewired connecting hardware, such as extenders, drops, taps, phase splitters, distribution boxes, etc., to power luminaires, receptacles and other electrical devices in a building.

“An MWS is a flexible system that uses factory-manufactured components that clip together and eliminate the tedious and repetitive work of installing pipe, pulling wires, cutting, stripping, and screwing wire nuts,” Oberoi said.

Some MWSs are more comprehensive than others. Several manufacturers supply modular systems that can address the wiring needs of any building in as little as 20 percent of the time required to perform a project of similar scope with traditional methods. The most basic MWS will include brackets, boxes, mud rings and ground wire, while midlevel offerings include installed devices with the wiring partially completed.

“The most comprehensive offerings provide a complete turnkey solution that includes the devices, supports for the boxes, and all the wiring required to connect those boxes,” Anderson said.

The heart of any turnkey solution is the power distribution box (PDB).

“The PDB is essentially an enclosure that is factory-wired with a specified number of modular ports and circuits. Standard boxes typically have nine modular ports and three circuits,” said Tony Kranidis, engineer for Camino Modular Systems Inc., Toronto, who added that the PDB can be customized, depending on the layout of the space and specific project requirements.

The second component consists of the modular plug-and-play connectors that plug into the PDB on one end and into the service outlet on the other. Standard service outlets typically have connections for electrical receptacles and for voice and data cabling jacks. When combined into a service center, they normally are located at workstations and equipment locations in boardrooms and meeting rooms and as general service outlets in corridors.

According to Oberoi, an MWS can be used as an economical alternative to traditional wiring in commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

“MWS has gained a foothold in schools, hotels, office buildings, factories, big box stores, warehouses, airports, shopping malls and sporting arenas,” Oberoi said.

McDermott said that MWSs enjoy the most success in raised-floor and dropped-ceiling environments because of the easy access they provide.

“The modular nature of [an] MWS makes it easier to perform future moves, adds and changes with few new wiring connections and to reconfigure for extra capacity and scalability for added circuits,” he said.

The perception problem
Opponents of an MWS often claim that the potential savings from using the system are inflated.

“In spite of the fact that simply inserting a plug into a receptacle is faster than making hard connections, many opponents of MWSs continue to discredit the labor savings,” Oberoi said. The objection, he said, is perhaps rooted in the fear that MWSs might contribute to job losses in electrical construction trades.

Opponents who accept the savings argument may still assume that an MWS plug-and-play feature is not as easy as manufacturers claim.

“We can overcome this misperception by continuing to use quality materials and demonstrating that the product has tight connection tolerances,” McDermott said.

Perhaps the greatest incorrect assumption about MWSs, according to Anderson, is that the cost is greater than traditional assemblies.

“This misconception can be overcome by educating contractors and distributors to look instead at the total installed cost of the system, not just the materials,” Anderson said.

When contractors consider the increased labor costs and maintenance of traditional installations, MWS solutions end up being more cost effective.

End-users also may not realize that they can experience reduced costs for space remodeling and tenant changes. With an MWS, rewiring is unnecessary because the end-user simply unplugs the system, reconfigures it to the new layout and plugs the system back in.

“Manufacturers need to continue to educate contractors and end-users in the benefits and long-term cost saving of MWSs, particularly in repetitive applications,” Kranidis said.

The why and why not
Clearly a cost advantage exists, but what other benefits do MWSs offer? Quality is the next most attractive benefit of modular wiring, Oberoi said. Factory production is better controlled than on-site wiring, and repetitive short-cycle manufacturing delivers consistent quality.

“In the construction setting, however, variables—such as working conditions, weather, working heights, low lighting, and fatigue—create a more challenging environment in which to maintain consistent quality,” he said.

Another benefit: purchasing the entire preassembled system helps eliminate the need for double-checking measurements.

While building tenants gain easier space reconfiguration capabilities through the use of MWS, electrical contractors can use the technology to perform more repetitive installations without increasing work force levels.

“The repeatability factor is key. With labor being one of the biggest costs of any job and the hardest element to predict, MWSs make installations more controlled and predictable and ensure that bid amounts are more accurate and profitable,” McDermott said.

There are challenges inherent to MWSs that continue to stall wider acceptance among electrical contractors, such as the transfer of labor dollars from the construction site to the factory floor. In addition, the systems mean meticulous quantity takeoff, and estimating is key.

“Errors in estimating can result in short shipments that can cause delays to a project, and although rare, such incidents can give modular wiring a bad reputation,” Oberoi said.

Shopping smart
Electrical contractors have a choice of suppliers of MWSs in North America and need to perform due diligence in choosing the best, most cost-effective ones. Oberoi said the most important features a contractor should look for in choosing a product and supplier include a proven track record of quality, on-time delivery and customer service; a wide range of products and cable lengths; customization capabilities; color-coded systems that are tamper-resistant and integral molded; environmentally friendly products, such as low-smoke zero-halogen that are reduction of hazardous substance (RoHS) compliant; lightweight connectors and cable ends that are made with insulating, nonmetallic material; systems that are tested to make or break at 347 volts or better; systems that are compatible with lighting controls and building automation systems (BAS); and products and systems that comply with all applicable electrical codes and standards and offer adequate warranties.

Contractors have sources to turn to for help. In North America, Article 604 of the National Electrical Code (NEC), ANSI/NFPA 70, and the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1, Section 12-2500 cover the permitted uses and installation requirements of MWSs. The safety standards for MWSs include ANSI/UL 183 and CSA C22.2 No. 203.1-94.

“These minimum safety standards provide the basic requirements for product construction, performance, manufacturing and testing methods. While there is a movement to harmonize U.S. and Canadian standards, there still exists some distinctions,” said Chris Pezoulas, Electec’s vice president of business development.

There are some practical engineering aspects to look for, McDermott said. Check that the earth-to-ground connection is the “first to mate, last to break,” that connections are easy to make and that they have high tolerance levels, that there is solid contact between connections with an audible click heard when connections are made, and that the system will interface with various wire management solutions.

“The most important features a contractor should consider are quality, versatility, lead time and cost,” Anderson said, adding that system versatility allows the contractor to assess the number of different applications for which one product can be used. “And when considering the total cost of material, the contractor should include labor and maintenance time.”

Future outlook
“As construction costs increase, the popularity of MWS has nowhere to go but up,” Oberoi said. Manufacturing companies, he believes, are likely to invest in more process automation as MWSs gain market share, which will lower production cost and spur further growth.

McDermott agreed that MWSs are only going to gain in popularly.

“As the economy continues to struggle, contractors will need to continue to look for more ways to improve margins through costs savings and faster and equally accurate installations,” he said.

MWSs are certainly not a fad and have the potential to replace traditional wiring techniques in those repetitive applications for which they are best suited.

“As contractors try to perform more work with the same amount of labor, they will look to MWS to accomplish their goals,” Anderson said.

BREMER, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.394.6966 and

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


More On Preterminated Fiber Optic Cable From The FOA

To quote my friend Jim Hayes, President of the FOA – Fiber Optic Association

“What most people think of wireless connections are only the final link to the device that allows the user to be mobile, not tethered to the network with a cable. Consider the first wireless device that most people owned: a cordless phone. The handset was cordless, but the base station was connected to the network with a conventional cable.

Likewise, cellular phones, smartphones, Wi-Fi-connected laptops and tablets are “cordless,” but as soon as they connect to their respective networks, they virtually connect to fiber or copper cabling. The exception is some cellular towers in remote areas where the tower links to the phone network over line-of-sight wireless, using round dish antennas you can sometimes see on the side of cellular towers.

Most cellular towers have been converted to optical fiber connections to the phone system to provide the bandwidth needed for expanded services. The fiber connecting the towers is the usual telco grades of single-mode fiber. Many towers are using wavelength-division multiplexing to expand the capacity of fibers already placed to avoid having to install more fiber to the tower.

The latest trend affecting cellular towers is to run fiber up the tower to the antennas. In the past, coaxial cable has been run up the tower to the antennas, but with the proliferation of new antennas needed for next generation cellular coverage, the massive bundle of the coaxial cables has become too big and heavy and has too much wind resistance. All those bundles of coaxial cable can be replaced with one small fiber cable, and the same cable often includes the power conductors for the antennas. These cables are made to order, cut to the proper length and terminated in the factory-, so they can be installed by simply plugging in the proper connectors at the antennas and in the equipment hut. These cables may be either multimode or single-mode fiber.

You have probably noticed how good cellular coverage is inside large public buildings, such as convention centers or even inside tunnels. If you look closely, you may see small cellular antennas placed inside those structures. They usually use single-mode fibers that run back to the equipment room to connect to the phone system. A similar technology is being proposed for use in urban areas. Small, low-power antennas using one single-mode fiber are being developed to expand the coverage of cellular systems and to expand capacity, since each antenna covers a smaller area with fewer users who share the available bandwidth.

Wi-Fi access points also are proliferating also, since they provide connectivity for smartphones, laptops and tablets. Corporate Wi-Fi often uses Cat 5e/6a to connect the access points because many can be powered over the unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable using power over Ethernet (PoE) to avoid additional power requirements. But once you get into large public buildings or go outdoors for municipal Wi-Fi systems, the cabling distance is over the 100-meter limit for UTP cabling, and fiber connections become the norm. Indoors, multimode fiber is often preferred while most outdoor systems use single-mode fiber (see page 70 for more on municipal networks).

Another variation of Wi-Fi also is being tested. This version uses different frequencies for transmission, in the 100–700 megahertz region, where spectrum became available when TV switched from analog to digital transmission. It’s called “Super Wi-Fi” for a good reason. At lower frequencies, it can go much farther than regular Wi-Fi—perhaps as far as 50 miles—making it possible to reach rural areas where it is uneconomical to run fiber all the way to the user. If field trials are successful, expect to see a lot of Super Wi-Fi towers being built in rural areas and connected over fiber.

Super Wi-Fi may take over the role proposed for WiMax, another wireless variation that keeps being promoted but seems unable to get enough traction to become successful. Coverage is spotty, and few devices make direct connections over WiMax.

From the fiber optic installation standpoint, none of these wireless technologies are out of the ordinary, unless you don’t like climbing towers to plug in cables. Any premises or outside plant contractor familiar with fiber optic installation is capable of installing these systems. If it also is necessary to be involved in the design of the wireless networks, bring in an experienced wireless designer. Picking antenna locations is a very tricky process.”

Darlene Bremer and Jim Hayes articles in ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine point out the specialized need for MWS – Manufactured Wiring Systems in our quest to deliver the best.


Preterminated Fiber Optic Cabling Assemblies Are A Hot Commodity

Preterminated Fiber Optic Cabling assemblies are a hot commodity as fiber costs continue to fall. Virtually all manufacturers of fiber optical cables are now pushing the preterminated assemblies due a growing demand. Contractors are finding that field terminations often fail to deliver the network performance of the factory installed terminations. It is all about cost savings and maintaining quality for the contractor.

Recently, Jim Hayes, President, the Fiber Optic Association commented on the Fiber Optic Cable Installation Skills educational demand skyrocketing across the globe. One area of this growing demand is the wireless world. Our infrastructure for wireless services is constantly challenged to increase “back haul” fiber optic cabling facilities to meet the traffic and bandwidth increased demand.

Many network providers are now specifying prefab wiring, prebuilt wiring and modular wiring, a.k.a. manufactured wiring systems (MWSs). MWSs are recognized as a serious alternative to conventional wiring methods for fiber optic cable applications. One such application is the use of Remote Radio Head installations on cellular  towers, the preterminated fiber optic cable assemblies eliminate the “in the field” challenge for the installation contractor. 

Also, Daniel Hogberg – Product Group Manager, Megladon Manufacturing Group, Ltd stressed the new DAS – Distributed Antenna Systems have opened new doors for wireless coverage and another growth area for the Fiber Optic MWSs.  A distributed-antenna system, or DAS, is a network of spatially separated antenna nodes connected to a common source via a transport medium that provides wireless service within a geographic area or structure. DAS antenna elevations are generally at or below the clutter level and node installations are compact. Megladon Mfg and some other specialty fabrication units reported real growth in orders for these types of fiber optic cable assemblies to connect the wireless world facilities.


Apple Launches iPhone 5, Its First 4G Unit September 12, 2012

By Joseph Palenchar On Sep 12 2012 -

San Francisco – Apple will catch up with the many of its smartphone competitors with the launch of its first 4G smartphone, which incorporates 4G and HSPA+21Mbps wireless technology.

The phone, called the iPhone 5, sports a bigger screen at 4 inches from 3.5 inches, thinner chassis at 0.29 inches from 0.37 inches, lighter weight at 3.95 ounces vs. 4.93 ounces, and a processor said to be twice as fast as the iPhone 4’s processor.

Apple called the phone the thinnest smartphone in the industry.

The iPhone 4S’s processor was a dual-core A5 processor whose speed has never been revealed by Apple, but bench tests have clocked it at 800MHz.

Graphics speed is also said to have been doubled.

Screen resolution has been improved from 960 by 640 to 1,136 by 640, which is below the HD resolution of many high-end smartphones. Pixels per inch remains the same at 326, and aspect ratio is close to 16:9. The screen was made taller but not wider than the existing phone’s display.

The phone also chucks the near-decade-old 30-pin connector for a nine-pin connector that’s 80 percent smaller, called Lightning, and is double-sided. The company will offer 30-pin-to-nine-pin adapters for people with older accessories. Additional details weren’t available

Companies such as Bose, JBL, Bowers & Wilkins, and Bang & Olufsen are working on tabletop docking speakers, the company said.

The phone, which will feature Apple’s new iOS 6 operating system, is due in the U.S. on Sept. 21 at the same price as its predecessor. The 16GB version is $199, the 32GB model is $299, and the 64GB model is $399.

The 16GB iPhone 4S version will be available at $99.

iPhone 5 phones will be available for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint but not T-Mobile, which operates a 4G HSPA+ network but plans to launch LTE next year.

Other improvements include 40 percent faster photo capture, a front camera that’s now 720p to join the rear 1080p camera, panorama mode for picture taking, ability to take a picture while taking videos, three microphones, wider audio spectrum, improved speakers, FaceTime over cellular, spoken turn-by-turn driving instructions, and other enhancements enabled by the iOS 6 operating system.

The new phone is thinner in part because its uses in-cell touchscreeen technology, which embeds sensors inside the LCD panel instead of in a separate layer on top of the LCD panel.

Despite being thinner, the new iPhone offers eight hours of battery life for talking, the same as the iPhone 4S. Web browsing time is eight hours on 3G or 4G LTE and 10 hours via Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi has also been upgraded to include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n to boost speeds to 150Mbps.

AT&T and Verizon could be best positioned to sell the most iPhones because their LTE networks are widespread, whereas Sprint’s LTE network currently operates only in nine cities in five metro areas, though the company plans to expand its LTE network to markets with 123 million people by the end of the year and, by the end of 2013, reach 250 million people out of its 3G population base of 282 million.

Although the phone incorporates HSPA+ 21Mbps technology to work in AT&T HSPA+ network markets where AT&T hasn’t yet rolled out LTE, the phone won’t work in T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which operates in a different band than AT&T.

Nonetheless, T-Mobile plans to encourage owners of older HSPA+ iPhones to unlock their phones and bring them over to T-Mobile to take advantage of lower-cost service and unlimited-data plans. On T-Mobile’s network, however, the phones will operate in much-slower 2G mode until the company migrates its HSPA+ technology to the 1,900MHz band, which AT&T iPhones can access.

For now, T-Mobile offers 1,900MHz HSPA+ in a handful of cities, such as cities like Seattle, Las Vegas, Washington and the New York metro area.

The new iPhone’s iOS 6 operating system, available for download to other iOS devices at a date that wasn’t announced, adds multiple new features to Apple devices, including voice-announced turn-by-turn driving instructions on Apple’s navigation app, Facebook integration with iPhone contact and calendar applications, Yelp and OpenTable integration, the addition of FaceTime video chat over cellular instead of only over Wi-Fi, ability to save web pages for offline reading and iCloud Tabs to let users save web pages between devices. There is also a Passbook app to store airline boarding passes, loyalty cards and retail coupons in one location.

Improved Siri voice recognition will let users ask sports-related questions. New calling features include the ability to decline an incoming call by sending a text message, blocking calls except for those from callers given priority, and an email interface said to be easier to use.

For its part, IHS iSuppli said the iPhone launch will spur a sequential second-half rebound in Apple shipments following a 26 percent sequential decline in the second quarter to 26 million units. In the second quarter, consumers postponed iPhone purchases in hopes of a new model later in the year, IHS said.

Apple’s second-quarter decline contributed to a second-quarter contraction in global smartphone shipments by 1 percent to 137 million units, IHS said. IHS expects global smartphone shipments to rise in the second half to 346.5 million units shipping in the second half, up from a first-half 272.3 million.

Although Ovum expects the iPhone launch “will be Apple’s most successful smartphone to date,” it warns that Apple must redesign its user interface and software platform in the next two years or else “find itself in a position similar to Nokia and RIM, which found themselves with outdated smartphone platforms that need replacing.”

Display: The new phone is made entirely of glass and aluminum. It’s the thinnest and lightest phone Apple has ever made--18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S.

Features of the newest addition to Apple’s product family include a four-inch display screen, 1136 x 640 and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen is designed to naturally fit your hand. The big screen also allows a fifth row of icons. The display has 44 percent more color saturation and integrated touch.

Wireless Technology: Apple has added HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and LTE. It is working with carriers such as Sprint, Verizon and AT&T for LTE in the U.S. The Apple A6 chip is two times faster than the A5 but 22 percent smaller.

The iPhone 5 exceeds the battery life of the iPhone 4S’.

Camera: The camera, called iSight, features an 8 megapixel sensor, 3264 x 2448, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment and sapphire crystal. Improved features include next-generation ISP, spatial noise reduction, smart filter, better low-light performance and 40 percent faster photo capture.

The camera also features a panorama mode that produces images of 27 megapixels. With iOS 6 and iCloud comes a new feature called shared photo streams, where you can select friends and share a stream of photos. Users can also take photos while shooting video. Video features include 1080p video, improved video stability and face detection.

Audio: The audio system has been updated with the new iPhone, and it features three microphones: bottom, front and back. There is also a noise-canceling earpiece and wideband audio.

Connector: Just as the rumor mill had it—your old iPhone charger is officially old news. The new connector is called Lightning: 8-signal design, adaptive interface, improved durability, reversible, easier to use and 80 percent smaller than the previous connector, “Thunder.” Apple has come up with an adaptor so users can still use the 30 pin connector.


General Cable Now Offers Carol® Brand DBRF Coaxial Cables

Highland Heights, Kentucky, August 30, 2012 General Cable (NYSE: BGC) is pleased to now offer DBRF Flexible Low Loss 50 Ohm Coaxial Cables, a recent addition to the Carol® Brand Electronic wire and cable line.

The ability to communicate anywhere with wireless devices or cell phones—both indoors and out—continues to be a growing demand that requires Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).  DAS provide signal coverage anywhere outdoors or in buildings as part of their existing Voice and Data networks, while assisting with weak cellular phone service and improving Wi-Fi connections to smart phones, laptop computers or tablets. They also assist with public safety communications infrastructures found in large business and office campus environments, as well as in commercial buildings; residential housing; public stadiums and arenas; transportation hubs; primary and secondary schools; universities and colleges; and government and municipalities.

Carol Brand DBRF Flexible Low Loss 50 ohm Coax cables are designed with DAS in mind and are to be used specifically in wireless applications such as:

·   2-way Land Mobile Radios

·   Wireless Local Area Networks (IEEE 802.11)

·   Wireless Internet (WISP)

·   Wireless Broadband Data

·   Telemetry

·   Wireless Local Loop

·   Wireless Cable (MMDS)


“Our Carol DBRF Coax cables have RF (radio frequency) performance that is comparable to traditional corrugated copper cables,” said Damien Sebald, Product Manager, Carol Electronic Products, General Cable.  “But unlike corrugated copper cables, they are highly flexible, non-kinking and easier to terminate. When compared to traditional braided RG coax cables, our DBRF cables offer lower attenuation and better RF shielding.”

General Cable’s DBRF cables use standard connectors and are used in internal component and equipment wiring, inter- and intra-cabinet jumpers, base stations and antenna jumpers, tower and pole feeder runs, in-building runs, and any application requiring a 50 Ohm low loss RF cable.

About General Cable

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets.  With annual revenues approaching $5 billion, General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world.  It operates 50 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries and employs approximately 12,000 associates.  Visit our Web site at


CABA Digital Home Forum to be held October 11-12, 2012 in San Diego

CABA's Digital Home Forum, hosted by Qualcomm in San Diego on October 11-12, 2012, will bring together leading companies dealing with the integration of consumer electronics and other cutting-edge technologies throughout the home. Attend the Forum to learn about current trends in the digital and connected home from a wide range of companies working in this space.


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


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


Attendees will also have a chance to share their research and insights, along with details about their current activities and explore future opportunities. Sessions will examine: the evolution of smart devices and appliances; the impact of 3G/LTE networks on connected homes; next generation home applications, services and user experiences; models for data exchange and new business development partnerships.


Forum participants will be encouraged to openly discuss research strategies as they relate to the industry and their respective organizations.  Speakers from IBM, Best Buy, Microsoft Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Tendril Networks, Inc., Vantage Legrand, Crestron Electronics, Inc., Comcast Cable, MTS Allstream Inc., Qualcomm Life, Smartinet Inc., Securtek Monitoring Solutions, Duchossois Industries, Inc., iControl Networks Inc., Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., Sykes Assistance Services, ECOtality Inc., and have already been confirmed. 


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


After the CABA Connected Home Council meeting, attendees will be invited as VIP guests of Qualcomm to attend the Miramar Air Show.  Note VIP seating is limited on first come, first served basis, so register for the CABA Digital Home Forum to confirm your attendance.

To register immediately please go to:


LG Electronics Launches Security Products Business in United States

Jul 23, 2012 - Expanding its global security business to the U.S. market, LG Electronics today launched a new line of high-performance cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs) designed for fully integrated security solutions. LG’s new family of competitively-priced security cameras includes indoor/outdoor, residential and commercial offerings, engineered to deliver exceptional high-resolution video in a range of lighting conditions.

“With LG’s new analog and IP cameras and DVRs, we’re bringing the innovation and expertise LG is recognized for globally to the U.S. security industry,” said Y.K. Cho, B2B Senior Vice President of LG Electronics USA. “LG is well-known for introducing advanced products that cater to the needs of its customers, and that’s exactly what we’re bringing to the security industry by creating an installation-friendly camera line with outstanding image quality that even a small business owner can afford.”

A Step Ahead

During the first phase of the roll-out, LG Electronics USA is introducing 14 security products that include both IP and analog cameras, and a line of full-featured embedded hybrid DVRs, with plans to add many more products in the coming months. All 14 products are available now through Observint Technologies, a surveillance industry leader, which also plans to help LG build a broad network of strategic distribution allies.

LG’s new line of high-performance IP cameras will feature the company’s proprietary XDI imaging technology, which is designed to optimize performance and interoperability with LG products and components and to deliver excellent image resolution. One highlight of the new product line is the LG Wireless HD Network IP Cube Camera (model LW130W), a turn-key solution for high-quality, day/night indoor surveillance. The LG LW130W features 720p resolution at up to 30 frames-per-second, delivering high-definition video. The LG cube camera also offers a free and simple Android or iPhone application for remote viewing and monitoring from anywhere with smartphone connectivity.

Flexible Choices

Other new LG security cameras for the U.S. market include 1.3 and 3.0 megapixel IP box cameras, weather- and vandal-resistant dome cameras with 650 lines of resolution, 160-foot-range IR (infrared) bullet cameras, and more. Full-featured, high-performance 8- and 16-channel embedded hybrid digital video recorders (DVRs), available in standard- and high-resolution recording modes, are Android and iPhone compatible.

LG’s IP security cameras are both ONVIF- (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and PSIA- (Physical Security Interoperability Alliance) compliant, and have been tested and certified for interoperability.

“We have worked closely with LG’s engineering and product management teams to introduce this powerful new line of security products to the U.S. market,” said George Farley, Observint Technologies’ Chief Marketing Officer. “LG has designed simple-to-operate, cost-effective, reliable solutions that deliver exceptional results across a broad range of surveillance applications and lighting conditions. The image quality is outstanding. Clearly, LG is demonstrating its commitment to technology leadership in the U.S. surveillance industry.”


IDEAL Introduces Value-Priced Compression Tool for Coax Cable

Captive linear stroke provides consistent compression results and easy operation 

SYCAMORE, IL, September 10, 2012 -- IDEAL has expanded its industry-leading line of coaxial cable termination products with the new Linear X1 and Linear X3 compression hand tools, bringing added value to contractors installing CATV, CCTV and other audio/video systems.

"Linear X incorporates several of the outstanding qualities of our award-winning OmniSeal™ Pro Series of compression tools into a smaller, simpler, value priced design," said Jeff Meader, Business Unit Manager for IDEAL DataComm Tools & Supplies. "These are perfect for installers that are migrating from traditional crimping tools or those who only occasionally work with coaxial cable terminations."

Quality made in the USA, the Linear X1 and Linear X3 are manufactured using all metal components, resulting in a longer service life because there are no plastic pieces to wear out or crack. The zinc-coated, die-cast body and embossed logo are qualities typically found only on tools costing several times that of the Linear X. The handle has a double dipped textured cushion grip for comfort and all-day use, plus has a shorter spread distance in the open position for a comfortable compression cycle for all users. One handed operation is possible with all compatible connectors. A hinged hasp keeps the tool in a compact closed position when not in use.

Linear X1: Specially Designed for F Connectors
The Linear X1 is a fixed model designed solely for F connectors. It is factory calibrated and set to compress industry standard 21mm F compression connectors, including the entire family of IDEAL F connectors for RG6/RG6 Quad/RG59. No adjustments to the tool are needed. The Linear X1 is the right answer for installers who work primarily with F connectors and who want a consistent stoke length and compression cycle without the worry that the tool is set incorrectly.

Linear X3: Adjustable for More Flexible Usage
The Linear X3 features an adjustable post that can be raised or lowered to accommodate different sizes and types of F/BNC/RCA compression connectors. No separate or loose adapters are required for BNC or RCA connectors, eliminating the frustration of lost adapters. The Linear X3 is perfect for CCTV, Audio/Video, and CATV/SATV installers who work with multiple types of coax connectors but who want an economical all-in-one product as an alternative to traditional crimping tools. The Linear X3 is compatible with all IDEAL F/BNC/RCA compression connectors for RG6/RG6 Quad/RG59.

As an added bonus, both the Linear X1 (part #33-631) and the Linear X3 (part #33-632) include four IDEAL RTQ™ G-6 WeatherProof™ F compression connectors free with purchase.

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

For more information, contact Ideal Industries, Inc., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-435-0705, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web,


RAD Donates Networking Equipment to AT&T Lab at the University of Houston

MAHWAH, New Jersey, August 14, 2012 – RAD Data Communications is sowing the seeds for the next generation of telecommunications and data communications network engineers. As part of its ongoing effort to promote excellence in the physical sciences, RAD has donated $55,000 worth of its ETX-202A™ advanced Ethernet demarcation devices to the AT&T Lab of the College of Technology at the University of Houston (UH).

RAD’s ETX devices will assist aspiring network engineers at UH, undergraduate and graduate alike, to gain insight and first-hand experience with the latest advances in traffic engineering, performance management and OAM, timing and synchronization, and other evolving capabilities of packet-switched networks. These are some of the critical capabilities for carriers, service providers, enterprises, academic and medical institutions, and utility and transportation entities as they confidently and profitably roll out next-generation networks.

“RAD recognizes the important role that industry must play in the development of our nation’s future generations of innovators and thinkers,” said Uri Zilberman, President of RAD Data Communications, Inc. “Speaking from personal experience, this kind of exposure and interaction with leading-edge technology can have tremendous positive impact on the ambitions and intellectual development of upcoming engineers. In fact, its potential impact can reach far beyond the immediate experience of the students and the laboratory environment.”

Dr. Driss Benhaddou, Associate Professor of Engineering at UH’s College of Technology, echoed Mr. Zilberman’s sentiment, saying, “We greatly appreciate RAD’s generous donation and applaud their standing as exemplary corporate citizens. In today’s economic environment it is critically important that members from across different communities – in this case, academic and corporate – come together to work toward a common purpose.”

About RAD

Founded in 1981, RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access and backhaul equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, carriers, and enterprise networks, as well as utilities and transportation systems. The company's installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world, including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison, KDDI, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Vodafone. RAD is an active participant in industry organizations such as the IETF, Broadband Forum, ITU, and MEF. Its customers are supported by 31 offices and more than 300 channel partners in 165 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site:   Twitter:


Harger Lightning & Grounding UltraShot® / NUWTube ™ Reward Program – Attention Contractors!

It’s not too late to get involved! Harger’s weld metal sales program for Contractors launched March 1, and runs through the rest of 2012. Contractors can earn product for their purchases of UltraShot® and / or NUWTube™ weld metal.  Buy $500 of UltraShot® and / or NUWTube™ Weld Metal and Get One (1) “B” Mold FREE or Buy $2000 of Ultrashot® and / or NUWTube™ Weld Metal and Get One (1) USCONTROLLER FREE.  Submit Proof of Purchase (Distributor Invoice) and Harger will send a “B” Price Mold or USCONTROLLER – the contractor’s choice! For additional details visit and click on UltraShot & NUWTube Promo on the home page.


Belden to sell consumer electronics assets in China for $43 million

Belden Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its consumer electronics assets in China to Shenzhen Woer Heat-Shrinkable Material Co. Ltd. for $43 million.

The sale will reduce 2013 revenue by $100 million to $120 million with no significant impact to operating profit, Belden President and CEO John Stroup said.

“Additionally, we expect to incur non-cash charges of approximately $25 million in 2012 which will be excluded from our adjusted results,” he said.

Stroup added that the sale will benefit Belden shareholders by returning the company's focus "to areas of strategic relevance in Asia."

Belden expects the sale, which is subject to approval by Chinese regulatory authorities, to close this year.

According to St. Louis Business Journal by Greta Weiderman, Web Editor


St. Louis-based cable maker Belden (NYSE: BDC) reported profit of $42.4 million in its fiscal second quarter ended July 1 on revenue of $484 million.



Tom Roberts, a Thirty Year Data Center Veteran Named President of AFCOM

New Leadership for Data Center Management Association Focused on Expanding Education, Chapter Growth  West Chester, OH – September 13, 2012 – AFCOM, the world's leading data center management association, today announced Tom Roberts, a 30-year veteran of the data center industry, as its new president.  Mr. Roberts’ domain expertise combined with his long history with AFCOM makes him uniquely qualified to lead the association.

Mr. Roberts’ experience as a data center professional spans all facets of the data center including IT and facilities management, computer operations and data center management. Mr. Roberts most recently served as Senior Technical Architect for Data Centers at Trinity Health, a $9 billion health care system where he was responsible for 25 data centers across nine states.  The depth and breadth of his experience led him to be named AFCOM’s Data Center Manager of the Year in 2011.

Tom has a remarkable history and demonstrated commitment to AFCOM. He was one of the founders of AFCOM’s Michigan chapter and served as its Chapter President from 2003 to 2012. He has attended more than 13 Data Center World conferences and most recently delivered the keynote at AFCOM’s Data Center Symposium in Australia. He has served on the Data Center Institute Board, AFCOM’s research think tank, since 2004. In all, Tom has lived the life of an AFCOM member, chapter leader and industry visionary focused on what information and tools are needed today to prepare for the operational and technological changes looming ahead for data center professionals.   

“After 30 years growing as a data center professional, I could not have found a greater next step in my career nor such a fulfilling opportunity to give back to an industry and a profession I have passionately practiced for so long, “ stated Mr. Roberts. “The data center industry is evolving rapidly and creating greater pressures on the ongoing knowledge demands of data center and facilities managers.  My vision is to ensure that AFCOM delivers data center management professionals the relevant tools and knowledge to share, connect and learn in preparation for opportunities and challenges in the future.”

After 20 years working key roles at AFCOM with the most recent ten as AFCOM’s president, Jill Yaoz is stepping down to pursue new ambitions including the start of a family, “I know Tom well and believe he is the perfect person to lead this association,” stated Ms. Yaoz.  “He brings an incomparable wealth of industry knowledge and a love of AFCOM that is sure to help him succeed at this new venture in his life.”

Mr. Roberts’ responsibilities as AFCOM President will include the growth and continual improvement of AFCOM’s Chapter program and member services. In addition, he will serve as Chair of Data Center World events with direct responsibility for developing world-class educational programs. He will lead the Data Center Institute with a focus on thought leading research and best practices.

“Jill has been an exceptional leader for AFCOM and its members, keeping the association current and relevant in the face of enormous changes in technology and economic volatility,” said Roberts. “I look forward to leveraging what I have learned to take AFCOM to the next level in serving the needs of data center professionals around the world.”

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


Harger Lightning & Grounding - Lightning Protection Installation Course

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Harger’s Lightning Protection Installation Course provides the basic requirements of how to properly install a complete lightning protection system which meets the requirements of nationally recognized lightning protection standards NFPA 780 and UL 96A.

Our instructor-lead class provides all materials, covers all areas of lightning installation including: Proper Grounding Practices, Surge Protection, Ground Work, Down Conductors, Bonding, Rooftops, Zone of Protection, Proper Component Usage, Concealed Systems, Bonding Requirements, Potential Equalization, Project Management, UL Listing and Master Label Certification.

The course content is presented by Mark S. Harger, an industry expert with over 20 years experience, through interactive class discussion and participation, the use of videos, and multi-media presentations. A tour of an actual installed lightning protection system is conducted along with product samples available to view and touch for a true hands-on learning experience.

Participation in the class gives the electrical specialist an additional skill set that provides a well rounded solution for their customer. The experience also builds and strengthens further business partnerships as Harger provides continuous support after the class ends with design, project and engineering services for a total system solution.

·         Covers all installation practices

·         Review NFPA 780 requirements

·         Hands-on learning

·         Monthly classes available

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Mobile Wallets: The Latest Digital Bling - Article by James Carlini

In this acute age of class warfare, elitism, and social media tools, somewhere in the middle of all of it, the retail and financial services industries are spawning the latest “Must-have” digital bling: mobile wallets.  (or digital wallets)

Will credit cards become a thing of the past?  Will retailers pull away from all the transaction fees they have to pay on credit card purchases and go to a Smartphone app-based transaction model instead?  What about other payment processors like PayPal, Google, and others?

These are some of the strategic questions starting to pop up across different boardrooms and industry analysts as the idea of putting together a “digital wallet” application for Smartphones begins to get real traction.

The technology that would make a Smartphone capable of this type of service is NFC (Near Field Communications).  This chip technology was not put into the Apple i5 which is very surprising.  It is backed by many of the major carriers and financial service companies.

There is a push to see this capability brought out to consumers.  It is not a matter of if this capability will be implemented, it is just a matter of when.

Many People Succumb To Peer Pressure

Will there be demand for this “mobile wallet” capability?  Are you kidding?

What about the fabricated sense of “membership” and showing that country club elitism by whipping out a Gold or Platinum card?  Those days are coming to an end with a Smartphone-based digital wallet.

You can hear the conversations between Lance Remington IV and Montgomery Crestwood, Esq. as Monty tries to pick up the tab at Bushwood Country Club:

You have an American Express Gold Card?  How passé!  Check out my Smartphone with my digital wallet app. Get with the new century, Monty.

Having a digital wallet app will be the equivalent of Lance driving up in a new firemist red Bentley V16 while Monty pulls up in a chocolate brown Pontiac Aztek waving his Gold Card.

The same goes for younger, status-conscious consumers.  With all the peer pressure that you see in young consumers about wearing the right label gym shoes and jackets, the “cool way” to pay for things will be through their Smartphone.  You don’t have a Smartphone?  You will be branded as an outcast.

Some retailers might be real happy if the trend continues.  With major retailers like Wal-Mart, K-Mart, 7-11, CVS Pharmacy, Best Buy, Shell Oil and others backing the development of MCX, Merchant Customer Exchange, we could see a paradigm shift in the way consumers buy things at stores and restaurants very quickly.  All the pieces are being developed.


I discussed this in an earlier article:

Most retailers are looking at this new approach as a way to increase sales and reduce credit card transaction fees.  What they are only beginning to understand is, what effect does this have on understanding consumer behavior, demographics and micro-marketing to a target market?

Expect more research to be done on how to maximize the time you spend in the store.  Will they try to steer you to another department after you have made a purchase in department?  Chances are, they will.

Will they start to analyze all the demographic information that will be captured?  Yes.  How can you sell to your customers, if you cannot identify who your customers are?  (Their buying habits, their preferences, their motivations, their frequency of visits)

Will a shopping center be able to cross-market merchandise from several stores to the consumers who are walking through?  All of these capabilities have to be addressed and incorporated to some backbone capability that will support the shopping center.

This is an area that will see a lot of changes quickly.  Instead of having 4-5 retailers  develop different solutions, in the same amount of  time, all their  efforts could be pooled in together and establish one approach.

Keep track of what they do with MCX and NFC because it will definitely affect retailers and financial services companies as well as property owners of commercial buildings and shopping centers who need to make sure their infrastructure supports it.

CARLINI-ISM :  “Smartphones are here to stay, better learn how to use them to their maximum capacity and capabilities.”

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Reprinted with permission of the author - Copyright 2012 – James Carlini


Optical Fiber Receives A Boost – TIA Addendum contains important new information in support of higher bandwidth optical fiber applications

By: Paul Kish July 1, 2012

Optical fiber cabling is undergoing significant changes in the industry to meet the demands of newer, higher bandwidth, applications.

Some of these changes relate to the performance of the fiber itself, for example the introduction of a higher bandwidth OM4 multimode fiber in the market. Others relate to establishing more controlled test procedures to verify optical fiber installations in the field.

This is particularly important for newer applications that impose very tight optical loss budgets.

For this month’s column, I wanted to present to you some of the changes and additions that are included in a new Addendum 2 to TIA-568-C.0 Standard on "Generic Telecommunications Cabling for Customer Premises". TIA-568-C.0-2 Addendum updates the optical fiber test procedures for multimode fiber and includes new information in Annex B on array polarity systems and in Annex D on optical fiber applications.

Optical Fiber Testing: One of the most significant changes in TIA-568-C.0-2 is that field test instruments for multimode fiber cabling are now required to meet TIA-526-14-B Standard on "Optical Power Loss Measurements of Installed Multimode Fiber Cable Plant."

I wrote about the TIA-526-14-B standard in the May/June 2012 Standards Update column. In essence, TIA-526-14-B requires that the light coming from the end of the launch cord meet the "encircled flux" launch conditions and replaces the previous TIA-526-14-A standard, which uses an external mandrel wrap with a Category 1 light source.

It should be noted that the launch conditions specified in TIA-526-14-B also apply for Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) testing. These launch conditions can be achieved either within the field test instrument or by the use of an external mode conditioner.

Verifying Launch and Receive cord quality: Recognizing that the quality of the test cords and cleanliness of the connector interface can affect measurement accuracy, the TIA 568-C.0-2 addendum specifies that test jumpers (cords) and the ports under test should be clean and free of damage.

The endface condition of both the test jumper and the test port should be verified in accordance with IEC-61300-3-35 and Annex H of TIA-526-14-B for "reference grade" terminations. If higher than expected losses are measured, inspect and clean the connectors per IEC-61300-3-35 and retest. If cords continue to test high, replace the cord with a new one if necessary.

Array Polarity Systems: A large portion of the TIA-568-C.0-2 addendum provides illustrations and descriptions of array polarity systems for supporting multiple duplex systems and for supporting parallel signals. The most significant changes relate to array polarity implementations for parallel signals. Three sample methods are described, Method A, B and C. All these methods achieve the same purpose but are implemented differently. The purpose is to create an optical path from the transmit port of one device to the receive port of another device.

These different implementations may not be interoperable, and the Standard recommends that a method be selected in advance and maintained consistently throughout an installation. It should be noted that TIA 568-C.0-2 Addendum does not specify any polarity method that must be used for compliance. Designers and installers are encouraged to contact their manufacturers to evaluate polarity options.

Optical Fiber application support information: The current TIA-568-C.0 Standard includes a Table of maximum supportable distances and attenuation for optical fiber applications by fiber type. The new TIA-568-C.0-2 Addendum updates this Table for higher bandwidth applications and includes support information for the new OM4 fiber, which was not part of the TIA-568-C.0 Standard when it was published.

Additional support information is also provided for passive optical network (PON) applications over single-mode fiber.

The TIA-568-C.0-2 Addendum contains important new information in support of higher bandwidth optical fiber applications including optical loss testing procedures, array polarity systems and supportable distances. At the time of this writing, the standard has been approved for publication and is expected to be available shortly.


Paul Kish is Director, Systems and Standards at Belden. The information presented is the author’s view and is not official TIA correspondence.

Reprinted with permission from CNS – CABLING NETWORKING SYSTEMS magazine – The Leading magazine for Cabling, Networking and Telecom Professionals


Where Are The Jobs In Fiber Optics? By Jim Hayes - FOA

The FOA is not in the employment search business since it’s impossible to keep track of opportunities worldwide with our resources, but we do try to monitor where fiber activity is growing and keep our members informed. Here are some areas we see as being very active right now and are ones you should investigate when looking for either employment or contracting opportunities. We’ll also point out the areas of technical expertise you need and how to get trained and certified in those areas.

Fiber To The Home (FTTH): The insatiable demand for Internet speeds, primarily driven by online video but also by the competition among cities to get tech companies to locate nearby, is creating lots of demand for FTTH and those who know how to design, install and run them. FTTH is also spreading throughout the world as governments realize that commerce needs the best communications available. FTTH is no longer dominated by Telco’s as electrical utilities and independent organizations take matters into their own hands. Techs are needed with training and certification. FOA schools have been offering specialist classes that include FTTx and Design certifications to cover this growing need.

Wireless Broadband: Since practically everybody either has a smartphone or will get one soon, the traffic in mobile broadband is growing astronomically. Cellular towers are being connected on fiber to replace wireless or copper backhaul and those already on fiber are requiring more bandwidth too. As the towers get more antennas to provide user bandwidth, those antennas are being connected to the base of the tower on fiber to reduce the bulk and weight of current coax cables. And the new microcells which are just becoming available will be connected on fiber too. FOA schools are working with contractors as well as cellular companies to build out the wireless networks.

Communications Infrastructure: Developed countries are well-connected on fiber already but are building more links for increasing broadband coverage. For those areas of the world that are still developing communications backbones, investments are being made in fiber to connect the landings of submarine cables to all parts of the region. Municipalities are installing fiber networks to connect public services, offer FTTH and lease fiber to big users. FOA is working with one major project that requires hundreds of trained and certified techs in Africa and is learning about other projects around the world. Some FOA schools are preparing for specialized training for these installation projects and will keep us informed about the jobs.

Energy: While the term “Smart Grid” is becoming an overused term with broad (and fuzzy) meaning, one thing is certain – it will use fiber to tie together the electrical grids around the world to make them more efficient and reliable. Efficiency is obvious, but reliability is another issue made more obvious by recent large scale blackouts caused by failure of the grid. Alternative energy projects like wind and solar require fiber in large quantities. Recently FOA arranged for one of our schools to send 10 techs to work at the Ivanpah solar facility where they will be installing tens of thousands of cables. We also recently talked to two techs who worked on the Chattanooga gigabit FTTH project which is based on a FTTM – fiber to the meter – system installed by the local electrical utility.

Data Centers: If you are experienced in installing premises copper cabling and fiber, you are undoubtedly aware that data centers are sprouting up everywhere. You are probably also aware of the debate over where the data center cabling goes next as network speeds jump from 1 to 10 to 100 gigabits per second. Will UTP copper find a place here? Will multimode fiber make the grade? Or can we expect to see data centers lead the move to singlemode fiber for every network? Google is already there – we have it confirmed from installers. Two singlemode fibers and WDM beats twenty multimode fibers in simplicity and soon, if not already, in cost. If you are a premises cabling specialist and are not familiar with singlemode fiber, it’s time to get trained on it, with FOA specialist certifications in splicing and testing.

Premises Cabling: WiFi has moved in and taken over enterprise networks while the fiber and copper factions were focusing on fighting each other, but there are still many applications for UTP cable connections to PCs and wireless access points. Cabling in large public buildings requires connecting not only LANs but WiFi and cellular antennas, security cameras and systems and much more. For many LANs, fiber backbones and copper to the desktop work just fine, with the same old architecture used since the dark ages of telephones. But for larger numbers of users, especially where security is a big issue, FTTH PON architecture is becoming popular (POLs or passive optical LANs) and the FTTO (fiber to the office) architecture we’ve discussed in recent newsletters offers a viable alternative to structured cabling. Both let you connect your devices with the standard “Cat 5” patchcord but use optimized singlemode fiber to save cost and really future proof the network. Like with data centers, the need is for installers familiar with singlemode, so get your skills up to date.

If you are a regular reader of the FOA newsletter, you know we report on new technology and these kinds of applications –those that represent contracting and installation job opportunities- regularly. We also describe all these applications in detail in our FOA Online Guide. If you are looking for a job, the FOA also has a web page on looking for jobs and a LinkedIn group for FOA CFOTs where jobs can be posted, plus a jobs section in this newsletter.

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is the nonprofit professional society of fiber optics chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards.  The FOA has hundreds of schools offering FOA certifications around the world and provides technical information free to the industry to promote the proper application of fiber optics and premises cabling. For more information on the FOA, see the organization's website


Jerry Bowman Appointed Utilipath's President Of Enterprise and Carrier Services. He is also the President of BICSI

September 2012 - (Mooresville, NC) Jerry Bowman, RCDD, NTS, RTPM, CISSP, CPP, CDCDP is now the President of Enterprise and Carrier Services (Utilipath, LLC., From the data center to the desktop and from the central office to the customer premise and from the head end to the home, Utilipath designs and deploys end-to-end technology solutions for service provider and enterprise networks.

Mr. Bowman is also the current BICSI President. BICSI is the leading international association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment. Jerry is known and well respected within the telecommunications industry. Bowman served on the BICSI Board of Directors for six years prior to this role, including two years as President ‐ Elect. Throughout his 15 years of BICSI membership, he has been a member and Chair of several BICSI committees and was instrumental in the creation and implementation of BICSI’s NxtGEN Program – rewriting the BICSI business plan and significantly modifying BICSI’s credentialing programs. Bowman’s term as BICSI President began February 13, 2012, and will continue through January 2014.

“Mr. Bowman’s industry savvy and incredible organizational skills, coupled with a huge quiver of contacts across the communications industry, will help to continue the amazing growth of Utilipath.” confirmed Frank Bisbee, Editor of HOTS – Heard On The Street (a monthly e-zine published on Bisbee added, “I have known Jerry for years. His character and energy are stronger than new rope. He is a born leader.”

In addition to his volunteer leadership position with BICSI, Bowman spent more than two years as the President and Chief Operating Officer for Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc. At Beacon, Bowman was responsible for Sales, Global Account Management along with all daytoday operations and global service delivery. Bowman also oversaw the strategic development and execution of the company’s corporate business strategy, which provided professional services to Fortune 1000 firms with multinational and global enterprises. Prior to that Bowman, was the Vice President/Managing Director of CommScope’s Global Services Division. Bowman originally joined as division head of Avaya’s Real Estate program in 2003 just prior to CommScope’s acquisition of the Enterprise division from AVAYA. Before that, he worked at Superior Systems Technologies, where he was Chief Operating Officer. He also held a position as Vice President of Engineering for Riser Management Systems.

Outside of his membership and heavy involvement with BICSI, Bowman is also a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and InfraGard (Federal Bureau of Investigation). Bowman currently holds a Top Secret clearance, granted by the US government in December of 2011.

Some of Bowman’s ITS industry contributions include work as a member of BICSI’s Panel 500 (Residential Networks & Cabling); a contributing author of Addendum 6, TIA569 (1999); a contributing author of Residential Network Cabling, 1st edition (2002); a member of BICSI’s Technical Information & Methods Committee; a chapter coordinator and contributing author/editor to the BICSI Telecommunications Distribution Design Manual (TDMM), 11th edition; an editor of ANSI/BICSI 0022011, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices; and a contributing author of the Information Security Handbook, 5th edition (2005, Auerbach Publishing). Bowman is also a regular contributor to ITS industry publications.

“The leaders of the companies on this year's Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression”

Utilipath, LLC, was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for 2010. Utilipath differentiated itself from the other 27 million companies registered in the U. S. that did not make the list by achieving 112% sales growth over three years. Past members of the Inc. 5000 include Microsoft, Timberland, Visa, Intuit, Oracle, and

Utilipath’s founder, Lindon Hayes, received the award in Washington, D. C. from Inc. Magazine’s President, Bob LaPointe. “The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

In order to meet growth targets Utilipath expanded into new geographies, captured additional customers, grew relationships with existing customers, and developed new lines of business. Moreover, the company invested in the technical expertise, infrastructure, and other systems necessary to enable growth.

“We began our first series of international projects this year and have completed engagements in 45 states over our relatively short history, “remarked Lindon. “CATV service providers, data centers, equipment manufacturers, global integrators, wireless, and professional services appear to be our biggest growth drivers for the near term.”

When asked about the outlook, Lindon responded: “We expect a tepid year for economic growth in 2011. Nevertheless, we’ve never been more optimistic about our company’s potential than we are at this moment. Because we have no debt, we’ve been able to make investments in our future where other companies have struggled with deteriorating industry fundamentals and tight credit markets.”

Utilipath, LLC is a leading provider of construction and engineering services in the $20 billion utility infrastructure services segment.

From the data center to the desktop and from the central office to the customer premises, Utilipath designs and deploys end-to-end technology solutions. Solutions are customized for the data center, intelligent building systems, equipment and networking, outside plant and private fiber builds, and intelligent highway systems. Moreover, Utilipath may act in the role of a program manager, outsourcer, technology adviser, and/or business process consultant in the design and delivery of any of these solutions.

Utilipath serves many prominent customers, including 4 of the 6 largest US-based telecommunications companies, 4 of the 6 largest defense contractors, 2 of the 5 largest systems integrators, numerous Fortune 2000 customers, as well as federal, state and local governments.

Utilipath has the capability of immediately offering and executing a wide range of service offerings for its customers. Design and installation capabilities include:

·     Intelligent Building Systems: Design/Build Solutions, structured cabling (fiber, copper, coax), wireless, physical security-surveillance, access control, digital signage, paging & sound masking, etc.

·     Data Center: Turn-key design/build construction, structured cabling, electrical distribution, diverse entrance facilities, professional services, intelligent patching solutions, pre-terminated fiber optic and copper assembly planning and installation

·     Equipment and Networking: PBX - VoIP - LAN - WAN - SAN - Site Assessment - Equipment Inventory Services - Asset tagging, tracking and management - MACD support

·     OSP and Intelligent Highway Systems: design, permitting, private fiber builds, telco master contracts, customer-owned networks, aerial and underground construction, and integration of smart highway systems

Geographic Presence
Utilipath primarily works in the continental United States and Canada. However, the company has and will selectively perform work outside of that footprint.

Utilipath was formed in July of 2003 with only a small amount of capital but with the idea to provide the best quality and customer service in the industry at a competitive price. AT&T was the first customer to take a chance on the company and allow Utilipath to perform a major contract (within only weeks of our founding). Since then, Utilipath has marked the following accomplishments:

·     Approved as a master contractor for 4 of the 5 largest communications companies in the United States

·     Operations in over 40 states

·     Ownership of over 400 pieces of heavy construction equipment

·     Bonding capacity of approximately $40 million for individual projects

·     No debt

·     Entry into the electric utility and federal government markets

Utilipath is considered by many customers as the premier contractor in the industry, in part because we continue to value each and every customer relationship like it is our first.


Security Products Magazine - 2012 New Product of the Year Award Winners Announced

DALLAS, August 30, 2012 - Security Products magazine, the only integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, announced the winners of its 2012 New Product of the Year Award today.

The Security Products New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security. More than 90 entries were received in the fourth successful year of this contest.

Winners were honored in 18 product award categories:

Access Control, Door Entry
goEntry 3.0
by Lenel Systems International Inc.

Access Control, ID Management
Next Generation iCLASS SE Access Control Platform
by HID Global

Access Control Systems
Insider Threat and Behavior Recognition Solution
by AlertEnterprise Inc.

Accessories, Housings
ECO Emergency Phone Tower
by Talk-A-Phone

Accessories, Installation Equipment
Easy Mount Camera Hanger
by Garvin Industries

Accessories, Surveillance
VA920 Server/Storage Appliance with GroundCrew
by Intransa

Cameras, HDcctv
ID View – IV-HDCM-300D-3616
by Compulan Center Inc.

Cameras, IP Video Surveillance
NDN-832 FlexiDome HD 1080p Day/Night IP Camera
by Bosch Security Systems Inc.

Cloud Computing/Storage Systems
by Honeywell

Fire & Life Safety
by SDi

Mass Notification
Farenhyt Emergency Communications Systems
by Silent Knight

Mobile Security Applications
Retrofit Door Installations iPad App
by Access Hardware Supply

Network-Centric Security
IP Video Surveillance Software Version 5.0
by Video Insight Inc.

Perimeter Security, Doors
Quiet DUO™ ELR Kit
by Security Door Controls

Perimeter Security, Night Viewing Equipment
A310F & PT Thermal Cameras
by FLIR Systems Inc.

Security Software
XProtect Smart Client
by Milestone Systems

Video Intelligence
Anti-Skim ATM Security Kit
by Tyco Integrated Security

Wireless Technology
Mobility Controller 2000
by Firetide Inc.

Winners will receive awards and will be recognized at ASIS International 2012 in Philadelphia September 10-12. They will also be featured on Security Products’ leading industry website,, and will be highlighted in the December 2012 issue of Security Products magazine. All entries will be showcased in the September 2012 issue of Security Products magazine. The magazine is distributed to more than 65,000* subscribers monthly as well as at key industry trade events such as ASIS, and its website is visited by thousands of security professionals every week.

“Every year I am amazed at the high-quality entries we receive for the New Product of the Year competition,” said Ralph C. Jensen, Security Products editor-in-chief. “I think you’ll see from these winners that technology is ever increasing, and the difficulty the judges have selecting winners is tighter each year.”

Information about the 2013 Security Products New Product of the Year awards will be available at in the spring of 2013.


ShoreTel Mobility Keeps Customers on the Move

ShoreTel®(NASDAQ; SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, continues to see significant adoption of its mobility product with both premise-based and cloud customers.

Enterprises are undergoing an explosive transition to smartphone adoption for their workforces – a phenomenon known by the acronym BYOD (bring your own device). This phenomenon coincides with how technology in general has transformed the very structured 9 to 5 work tradition, into a 24/7 “always on” workplace paradigm shift and has equipped the enterprise to compete effectively in the global marketplace.

The ShoreTel Mobility solution gives individuals the freedom to stay connected through the devices they love in a world where the lines between work and life are blurred. The solution enhances employee responsive and productive in a world where work is no longer defined by location.

“With the right solution for mobile unified communications, businesses can have the best of both worlds,” said Pejman Roshan, vice president of product management at ShoreTel. “Workers can have the freedom to use personally owned smartphones and tablets to stay productive at work while keeping in touch with home. And the organization can mitigate security risks while reaping the productivity and cost benefits of BYOD.”

ShoreTel Mobility is available for both ShoreTel and ShoreTel Sky customers. Users are able to leverage a single converged device for both business and personal communications, and access deskphone and UC capabilities on their favorite device without having to learn a new interface.

And companies are taking note:

“ShoreTel Mobility is fantastic. It offers state-of-the-art technology on an already-familiar platform that we like. Everyone at Current TV is impressed with ShoreTel Mobility and what it can do for us.”
- Bakari Taylor, Systems Administrator, Current TV

“Cell reception was very spotty on the property, which is a significant problem for employees and guests trying to conduct business. We wanted the convenience of a fixed mobile convergence technology to optimize transmission of data, voice and video communications. ShoreTel Mobility was the clear leader in the FMC space and met all our criteria.”
- Adrien Carlyle, IT Manager, White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa

“It’s all about being able to readily communicate with customers and each other, from any device, from any location, at any time. ShoreTel Mobility gives us that level of versatility and helps us collaborate in the ways that work best for us.”
- Angelo Fraioli, VP and Controller, AP+M

“Thanks to ShoreTel Mobility, we have a solution that supports international communications at dramatically reduced costs. The mobility product enables our staff to place calls anywhere, with their favorite device, without incurring pesky roaming or long-distance charges.”
- Michael Abate, Senior Network Engineer, Guilford Mills

“The ShoreTel mobility options give our staff freedom, which makes them more productive.”
- Royice Franklin, Recruiting Director, Abacus Services Corporation.

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About ShoreTel

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

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

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

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


IDEAL Industries Networks to Participate in Free Webinar on Cabling and IP Surveillance for IT Professionals

Cabling and IP Surveillance Systems: Ensuring a Cabling System Can Support IP Surveillance Applications    


WHAT: Free "Cabling and IP Surveillance Systems" webinar sponsored in part by IDEAL Industries Networks. The online seminar will run for approximately one hour and will contain 3 presentations covering: IP camera capabilities and their impact on the network; cabling infrastructure options for IP cameras; and how to ensure that a cabling system can support IP surveillance applications. The webcast's presenters include Dan Payerle, Business Unit Manager for DataComm Test at IDEAL Industries Networks.


WHEN: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT, 10:00 AM PDT, 5:00 PM GMT. It will run approximately one hour. 


WHY: Internet Protocol (IP) based surveillance systems are no longer a promised capability of the future; they are a here-and-now application for the managers of network cabling systems as well as the professionals who specify, design and install those cabling systems. Still, IP-based surveillance technology as a whole continues to evolve and improve. And the physical-layer infrastructure that supports these systems, as part of an enterprise network, must be up to the task. This webcast seminar, produced by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, addresses some of the latest technology drivers and solutions related to IP-based surveillance systems.


WHO: Headquartered in San Diego, CA, IDEAL Industries Networks is an innovative manufacturer of Hand Held Network Testers, Tools and Connectors deployed in LAN Installation, LAN Management and WAN Access. Products include the recently introduced SIGNALTEK® II network qualifiers and NaviTEK® II network verifiers, joining the family of LanTEK® II cable certifiers, LanXPLORER™ network analyzers, and SecuriTEST™ CCTV testers.


REGISTRATION: Register online by clicking below:


For more information about IDEAL Industries Networks products, visit

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.


A Bold Message From The Environmental Working Group about RISKY CHEMICALS that make us sick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ken Cook
President, Environmental Working Group 

More news to follow next month about the chemicals in the cables.


A picture of the future Infrastructure Gods…check it out. Automated Buildings get smarter every day.  Article from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine


Current Issue - August 2012

Featured Story

Master of All Trades

With the economy still reeling from the effects of recession, unemployment, and wavering business and consumer confidence, ECs are re-evaluating their businesses and taking on new and different roles and business models in an effort to remain competitive. As a result, many more contractors are providing additional services. Contractors who don’t provide such services are finding that they become engaged in a very competitive and commodity-focused business. More

A picture of the future Infrastructure Gods…check it out.

Automated Buildings get smarter every day.


AFL Introduces New NOYES® Contractor Series OTDRs - OTDRs Target Metro/Access and PON Troubleshooting


Spartanburg, SC and Lowell, MA – August 28, 2012 AFL is introducing a new family of Contractor Series handheld OTDRs enabling cost-effective troubleshooting of FTTx PONs and point-to-point metro/access networks. The new CS260 OTDR family offers two models:

CS260-10 FTTx PON Activation and Troubleshooting OTDR
: 1625 nm Live PON OTDR providing 35 dB dynamic range, best-in-class 0.8 m event and 3.5 m attenuation dead zones, integrated PON power meter and Visual Fault Locator (VFL).

CS260-20 Metro/Access Troubleshooting OTDR: 1310/1550 OTDR with 28 dB dynamic range, 0.8 m event and 3.5 m attenuation dead zones plus integrated Visual Fault Locator.

"A large number of network operators utilize contractors to install and verify new metro and broadband access networks, including Fiber-to-the-Home PONs," explains Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager for AFL's NOYES Test and Inspection division. "Those same network operators often don't want to subcontract customer-facing network activation and maintenance tasks. These operators must equip their direct staff to verify signal levels at the subscriber, install and activate premise equipment, and troubleshoot any problems."

The CS260-10 and CS260-20 are purpose-built for optical network activation and troubleshooting tasks. With its integrated PON power meter, the CS260-10 enables technicians to verify PON power levels at an FTTx PON ONU or ONT. If downstream signals are absent or power is too low, the CS260-10's 1625 nm Live PON OTDR allows a technician to scan the network from the ONU/ONT or a network access point to locate fiber faults such as macro-bends, breaks, poor splices and dirty or damaged connectors. The live PON OTDR utilizes an out-of-band 1625 nm wavelength to prevent disruption to the 1310, 1490 and 1550 nm signals present on an in-service PON.

The CS260-20 is designed to troubleshoot point-to-point metro/access networks operating in the 1310 and/or 1550 nm wavelength regions. Its short dead zones enable precise location of fiber faults. With 28 dB dynamic range, the CS260-20 can locate faults in networks up to 60 km (40 miles) in length.

CS260s are derivatives of AFL's popular OFL280 and FLX380 FlexTester families and offer the same ease-of-use, high-contrast indoor/outdoor display and over 12 hours of continuous battery operation. Both models also include an integrated VFL (visible red laser) designed to visually pinpoint the location of macro-bends or breaks in splice closures, access terminals and splitter cabinets.

CS260 OTDR results may be saved in industry-standard .SOR files and uploaded to PC via the built-in USB interface. Windows-compatible TRM® Test Results Manager software is supplied with the CS260s to support trace review, batch editing and professional test report generation.

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 inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

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


Klein Tools: Six Generations of Success


By Bridget McCrea

Klein Tools’ three-pronged growth strategy is focused on new countries, new customer segments, and new acquisition targets.

It’s not often that a company can brag that it has successfully persevered through six generations of ownership by the same family, but Klein Tools, Inc., falls squarely into that category. Headquartered in Lincolnshire, Ill., the hand tool manufacturer has focused on making quality products since 1857, the year the Klein family opened the doors to the company. Today, the family’s fifth and sixth generations run the firm, which caters to professional tradesmen.

Klein Tools, which has a market share of 80 to 85 percent in most of the professional trades it serves, has thrived under its family ownership. For example, Mark Klein, director of North American sales, says the 1,600-employee firm – which has 10 locations worldwide – is more agile than many of its competitors. “Because we’re family owned and operated, we can make decisions a lot faster than a publicly-owned or larger manufacturer can,” says Klein. “We can make decisions on the fly, rapidly change manufacturing processes, and maintain a large inventory.”

The latter attribute has proven particularly beneficial during the most recent economic downturn, when many firms opted to scale back on inventory, much to the dismay of their distributors and end users. “Ninety-nine percent of our products ship the next day,” says Klein. “We don’t have to answer to shareholders about why we maintain such a large inventory; we can just go ahead and stock the item so that customers get their orders in a day or two.”

To reach those and other customer segments, Klein Tools relies heavily on an established distribution base. “General distribution plays a huge role in our business,” says Klein. “We’re selling impulse-item products at retail, so we work closely with our distribution partners and support them every way we can. That’s a big part of what we do to gain market share and grow the company.”

Growth By Acquisition

Klein Tools has also grown through acquisition. In 2010, for example, the manufacturer added Mumme Tools to its portfolio. The 82-year-old Australian firm makes steel-forged hand tools and sells them to distributors worldwide. Mumme Tools also supplies Australia and Oceania with Klein Tools’ products and accessories such as wire strippers, pliers, gloves, and insulated tools. The manufacturer’s primary end users include workers in mining, heavy industry, and municipalities, along with defense contractors, tradesmen, and handymen.

Mumme Tools helped Klein Tools achieve the international expansion that it has been vying for since the domestic and European economies slowed. Klein says more acquisitions and international expansion could be announced in 2012-13. “We’re looking at countries worldwide where there is still good opportunity – places that might have been untouched by everything that’s going on,” says Klein, who sees the Middle East, Australia, and Canada as three good potential targets. “Here in the U.S. we have 80-85 percent brand preference among our customers. We’d like to mimic that in Canada, where the business climate is similar.”

Other business strategies that have helped Klein Tools grow over the last few years include intensive market segmentation analysis, a “splitting out” of the most viable channels, and the hiring of new product managers to help develop new offerings for each of those channels. One of its newest additions, for example, is the test and measurement line. Designed with the electrician in mind, the line includes professional multimeters, clamp meters, electrical testers, and accessories.

As it ferrets out new product development, acquisition, and international opportunities, Klein Tools faces many of the same challenges that other American manufacturers are grappling with. Rising labor costs continue to plague the company, according to Klein, as does the general uncertainty surrounding the domestic economy. “Tools are kind of like cars. Eventually you have to replace them,” says Klein. “Many of our end users held off on replacing them during the recession, but now they’re being forced to purchase products again.”

The Future Looks Bright

As Klein Tools waits patiently for that revelation to strike its well-established customer bases, the manufacturer will continue to hone its business strategies and rely on its long-time, family-centric philosophies to keep it in growth mode. “We take a lot of pride in our family atmosphere and the fact that we personally know our employees and their families,” says Klein, who is frequently invited by members of the staff to attend weddings, baptisms, and other important events. “Having that close touch across our entire company is a vital part of our corporate culture.”

Looking to the future, Klein says the picture looks bright for the manufacturer, which has survived and thrived through numerous economic cycles since its inception in 1857. The company will be announcing more products and also innovating its existing offerings to meet its customers’ needs. “We’ll also be seeking out and targeting different market segmentations where we don’t have a presence yet,” says Klein, “and growing through both acquisitions and increased international exposure.”


McCrea is a Florida-based writer who covers business, industrial, and educational topics for a variety of magazines and journals. You can reach her at or visit her website at

Reprinted with permission from © 2012 The Electrical Distributor. All rights reserved.


Brady introduces cloud-based LINK360™ software platform

New software program offers complete view of visual information activities

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (August 14, 2012)—Brady announced today the launch of its new LINK360™ software platform. This program is a cloud-based platform that manages the visual information on and around equipment and machines. The program allows managers a 360-degree view on all activities that are performed in their facility to create, use and update equipment visuals at either a single location or across many locations.

Brady LINK360™ software closes the loop on scalability and sustainability through the management of equipment visuals from any location that has access to the internet. In just minutes, LINK360™ software can create clear, concise and easy-to-follow visually instructive procedures. The software can also grant permission and rights for viewing, editing and creating templates and procedures in order to maintain consistent symbols and languages at all locations. 

“LINK360™ software offers the ability to achieve compliance and standardization across an entire organization,” says Marlon Davis, Brady software business lead. “This product moves the needle from simply implementing standard operational procedures to being able to easily scale the program for an entire organization and sustain it through alerts, notifications and reports, regardless of the location.”

This software platform was designed to ensure that if changes are made to equipment, the respective equipment visuals are kept up-to-date in order to keep employees safe and equipment in working condition. Additional regulatory and productivity standards will continue to be added to the software to offer a comprehensive catalog of management tools.

For more information:

To learn more about Brady’s LINK360 software, visit For more information on Brady’s complete line of products and offerings, visit In Canada, visit

About Brady:

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


Brady launches Butterfly Valve lockout device - New lockout device locks butterfly valve levers at pivot point

 (September 4, 2012)—Brady has expanded its lockout valve product line to include the new Butterfly Valve lockout device. This lockout device is designed to effectively lock out butterfly valves with a lever handle in the OFF position. The device secures onto the butterfly valve lever at the pivot point so that it may not be engaged or moved.

This rugged and compact lockout device offers an alternative lock out solution for customers who currently disassemble their unit, only to use the clamping portion which does not always provide a tight and secure fit. “The Butterfly Valve device is the first-of-its-kind,” says Danielle Gallo, product marketing specialist for lockout devices. “It not only fits a wider range of butterfly valves, but it provides a much more secure way of locking valves out.”

Made from durable impact modified nylon with brass rivets and a stainless steel plate, the Butterfly Valve lockout device is available in both a small and large size that can accommodate handle thicknesses from 1/8” to 4.” The Butterfly Valve device joins Brady’s extensive lockout product line, which includes safety padlocks, lockout kits and lockout devices.

For more information:

To learn more about Brady’s Butterfly Valve lockout device, visit For more information on Brady’s complete line of products and offerings, visit In Canada, visit

About Brady:

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


CRTC issues annual report on the state of the Canadian communications industry

Sept. 9, 2012,The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) this week issued its annual Communications Monitoring Report providing an overview of the Canadian communications sector. In 2011, the average Canadian family spent more than $180 per month on communications services.

"This report is used to gauge whether the communications industry is meeting the needs of Canadians as consumers, citizens and creators," said Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the CRTC. "The information it contains will help them make more informed decisions in the marketplace and enhance their participation in our public proceedings."

Findings showed that the percentage of households with download speeds of at least 5 megabits per second rose from 51% in 2010 to 54% in 2011. The average monthly bill for broadband Internet services increased by $1.80, or from $36.99 in 2010 to $38.79 in 2011.

By the end of 2011, the number of Canadians subscribing to wireless services grew by 6% to 27.4 million. Newer competitors, who offered their services to more than half of the population, doubled their market share from 2% to 4% of subscribers. At the same time, the larger companies introduced faster wireless networks, also known as Long Term Evolution or LTE networks, to 45% of the population. In 2011, Canadians paid on average $57.98 per month for wireless services, which was roughly the same amount as the previous year's monthly total of $57.86.

The number of subscribers to home telephone services continued to decrease in 2011, falling by 2.7% to 12.2 million. The average monthly bill of a telephone line was slightly lower, from $31.35 in 2010 to $31.23 in 2011.

The overall revenues for the communications industry climbed to $59.3 billion in 2011, a 3.3% increase from $57.4 billion in 2010.



Service Provider Router Market Declined Sharply in Second Quarter

Market Share Rankings Unchanged for the Leading Vendors

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – September 6, 2012 – According to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, the Service Provider Router market declined sharply in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the prior year, continuing the trend of market stagnation that began in the middle of 2011.  Service Provider Routers, the systems used to manage Internet traffic, experienced year-on-year sales declines in most regions of the world and for all of the leading manufacturers.


“Over the past year, there has been a confluence of factors that are contributing to the weaker sales of Service Provider Routers.  Weak macroeconomic conditions have ravaged the European market, technology investment cycles are slowing in the United States and China, and lower prices are offsetting unit volume growth,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group.  “We expect most of these conditions to continue into the second half of this year and are forecasting a flat year for the market,” added Umeda.


The top four vendors of the Service Provider Router market were, in ranked order, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, and Huawei Technologies.  The rankings have remained stable for a number of years, and these four vendors accounted for more than 90 percent combined market share in the second quarter of 2012.


HAI by Leviton Develops New CFL/LED Dimmer

600W dimmer now available across all HAI by Leviton sales channels

Melville, New York, August 21, 2012 – HAI by Leviton announced today the launch of its new Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) Dimmer. The device is UL listed for CFL and LED bulbs with the ability to control up to 600 Watts of incandescent or Halogen bulbs.

The 600W CFL/LED Dimmer – HAI by Leviton part number 35A00-1CFL – features a special dimming curve that is optimized for CFL and LED bulbs to provide smooth dimming throughout the entire range. The CFL/LED Dimmer also features a minimal brightness level to prevent the bulb from flickering and an auto-off feature, ideal for pantries, closets and other spaces where light is not always needed. A small LED on the switch will blink when the switch is timing out.

“The CFL/LED dimmer controls new high efficiency incandescent as well as dimmable CFL and LED bulbs, for scene setting, energy savings and security,” said Jay McLellan, President of HAI by Leviton. “HAI by Leviton Lighting Control, utilizing the advanced Universal Powerline Bus Gen III technology, is a reliable and easy to install full featured communicating product line.”

The 600W CFL/LED Dimmer is available in almond, light almond, black, brown, grey, ivory and white.  Additionally, the CFL/LED Dimmer uses a standard Leviton Decora style wallplate for limitless décor options.  The CFL/LED Dimmer is available in a case of 12 (HAI part number 35A00-1CFLCS).

The HAI by Leviton 600W CFL/LED Dimmer is now available across all sales channels. A high resolution photo of the CFL/LED Dimmer can be downloaded here:

About HAI by Leviton

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

About Leviton

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

HAI by Leviton Device Wins CustomRetailer’s EXC!TE Award

Company’s Omni-Bus 900W Dimmer DIN Rail controls 110-220V lighting loads

Melville, New York, September 4, 2012 – HAI by Leviton announced today that its Omni-Bus 900W Dimmer DIN Rail has been named a winner for CustomRetailer magazine’s EXC!TE Awards. The 900W Dimmer DIN Rail will be honored among the best products at CEDIA EXPO 2012 on Thursday, September 6, in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Omni-Bus 900W Dimmer DIN Rail – HAI part number 110A00-2 – controls 110-220V incandescent, halogen, low-voltage electronic transformers and low voltage magnetic transformers.  It includes a jumper to select leading or trailing edge dimming to control rope lighting, track lighting and LED lighting.  The key benefits to an Omni-Bus lighting network include elegant, multi-button programmable wall switches while eliminating the expense of in-wall high voltage wiring to multi-way switches. Whereas competing central lighting systems require home runs to a single central cabinet, modular Omni-Bus components can be located where needed to save wiring and installation costs.

“HAI by Leviton is proud to receive recognition for the flexible Omni-Bus 900W from CustomRetailer magazine, which identifies innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented products for the custom installation professional,” explained Greg Rhoades, Director of Marketing for HAI by Leviton. “Customers worldwide are realizing the benefits of a central lighting control system with the flexibility of a distributed lighting control system, capable of controlling up to 256 lights, shades, fans, shutters and pumps.” 

The winning products will be featured in the CustomRetailer October EXC!TE Awards issue. In addition, the HAI by Leviton Omni-Bus 900W Dimmer DIN Rail will be available to view in the HAI by Leviton Booth, # 3449, at CEDIA EXPO. Additionally, HAI will be teaching two free courses at CEDIA, “Introduction to Home Automation” and “HAI Application Programming.” For more information, email:

HAI by Leviton Launches Bluetooth Remote Input Module

for Hi-Fi 2 Distributed Audio System

Device’s innovative design recognized as finalist for The RESI Awards

Melville, New York, August 28, 2012 – HAI by Leviton announced today its new Bluetooth Remote Input Module (RIM) for the Hi-Fi 2 distributed audio system. In conjunction with the product’s release, the Bluetooth RIM has been named a Finalist for Residential Systems magazine’s The RESI Awards in the Integrated Product Systems category.

The Bluetooth RIM – HAI part number 95A04-2 – allows wireless devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones equipped with Bluetooth, to wirelessly broadcast stored and streaming music throughout a home or business. The device also has an input module for wired devices like radio tuners and DVD changers. Up to eight Bluetooth devices may be used in a single installation to play music from the devices’ Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, iTunes, Google Music or YouTube playlists.

“HAI by Leviton’s already robust Hi-Fi 2 audio system greatly benefits from the wireless Bluetooth integration, allowing anyone to become the party DJ from anywhere in the home,” explained Jay McLellan, President of HAI by Leviton. “It’s an honor that Residential Systems has recognized this significant product enhancement as it demonstrates that innovation and elegant design are more important than ever in the world of consumer electronics.”

The HAI by Leviton RIM connects to the Hi-Fi 2 via a single Cat5 cable, introducing Bluetooth connectivity to a home or business’ distributed audio system via local or remote inputs to deliver music to up to 16 zones.

The HAI by Leviton Bluetooth Remote Input Module will be available to view in the HAI by Leviton Booth, #3449, at the CEDIA EXPO in Indianapolis, IN. Additionally, HAI by Leviton will be teaching two free courses at CEDIA, “Introduction to Home Automation” and “HAI Application Programming.” For more information, email: RESI Award winners will also be announced during the CEDIA EXPO on Wednesday, September 5, in Room 205 of the Indiana Convention Center.

HAI by Leviton Unveils Hi-Fi 2 Four Zone, Four Source Distributed Audio System

Compact yet powerful audio system offers remote control for any size installation

HAI by Leviton announced today the Hi-Fi 2 Four Zone, Four Source (4x4) Distributed Audio System. The new version is a more compact and inexpensive extension of the company’s revolutionary Hi-Fi 2 system, ideal for controlling, sharing and listening to audio systems in buildings with multiple units, such as townhomes, luxury hotel suites, condominiums and small office buildings. The system can be controlled via the included remote control or directly by the free Android or iPhone application.

The new Hi-Fi 2 4x4 provides an affordable distributed audio option with 20 watts per channel that fits directly into a Leviton Structured Media Center wiring enclosure at half-width. As with the entire Hi-Fi 2 line, the new 4x4 model allows users to listen to and share music sources with any room that has speakers connected to the device. Both local and remote source inputs are standard features, with optional wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The Remote Input Module (RIM) features a routed IR emitter jack for remotely controlling existing source equipment from any room that has a volume source control.

“HAI by Leviton’s Hi-Fi 2 is already the most compact yet powerful system on the market, so the addition of a four zone, four source version ensures that this product can be even more affordable for any size installation,” said Jay McLellan, president of HAI by Leviton. “This development is yet another example of HAI by Leviton providing contractors and installers with solutions that are best suited for their specific needs.”

The Hi-Fi 2 4x4 unit uses the same volume source control, RIM and optional Bluetooth RIM as the larger Hi-Fi 2 8x8. The new version comes complete with the Hi-Fi 2 4x4 amplifier, four volume source controls, two remote input modules, a remote control and a power supply, all packaged in an environmentally friendly carton made of 100 percent recycled materials. Color change kits are also available separately for the wall-mounted volume source control and remote input modules.

HAI will be teaching two free courses at CEDIA, “Introduction to Home Automation” and “HAI Application Programming.” For more information, email:


Ideal Showcases Network Testing Solutions For Residential Applications At CEDIA EXPO 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, September 5, 2012 (CEDIA EXPO Booth 3505) -- IDEAL Industries Networks, the networking technology division of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. (, will be displaying two of its latest networking innovations at CEDIA EXPO 2012: the NaviTEK II verifier and the SignalTEK II qualifier. Both make testing residential networks easier, more accurate and more profitable for the installer.


With the continued convergence of the consumer electronics and IT/Networking industries, almost all electronics products in the home -- whether for entertainment, security, automation, energy management or health -- now come equipped with a network jack. Testing of the home network has therefore become necessary, from initial installation and deployment of the network, to having the ability to quickly troubleshoot problems whenever they arise.



NaviTEK II is an affordable, handheld network and cable verifier tester that makes troubleshooting LAN physical and network layers more efficient, thanks to features such as support for IPv6, 802.1X, Netscan and VLANs, and an advanced color LCD screen to view pin-by-pin wiremap to pinpoint faults, along with total distance and the distance to the fault. Navigation through the tester's full capabilities is made simple with 5-way buttons and an intuitive set of icons. NaviTEK II has the ability to test both cabling and network performance using the same RJ45 interface, eliminating the need to disconnect the cable from the unit to switch between cable and network tests.



Using a full cable certifier isn't always the most efficient choice when confirming if network cabling has been installed correctly, especially in residential deployments. The SignalTEK II multifunctional handheld cable and network qualifier is a cost-effective alternative to certifiers. Perfect for small- to medium-sized LANs, it will validate that copper or fiber cabling is capable of supporting bandwidth-heavy Voice, Data, Video and IP-based video surveillance applications over 10/100 Megabit or Gigabit Ethernet. It then generates documentation verifying network connectivity and job completion to initiate customer payment. Additional active network troubleshooting capabilities of PoE and PoE+ maximize return on investment.  


Media attending CEDIA are encouraged to visit IDEAL booth 3505 for a full demonstration.  


For more information, visit


The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's website at  


Headquartered in San Diego, CA, IDEAL INDUSTRIES NETWORKS is an innovative manufacturer of Hand Held Network Testers deployed in LAN Installation, LAN Management and WAN Access. Its mission is to deliver testing solutions that meet the key needs of the IT professional including accelerating the testing process, improving accuracy of overall results, and ultimately to save businesses time, money and manpower over other methods of testing. For more information about IDEAL Industries Networks products, visit 


IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries. Visit for more information.


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What Tanzillo specializes in is conveying clients’ messages with clarity and simplicity in all of their PR and marketing materials, from news releases and blogs to white papers and feature articles. His agency, founded in 2001, provides to small to mid-sized technology companies the same high quality of public relations and communications expertise that big companies enjoy, but at much more affordable rates. Dux can work with technology companies on limited-duration PR projects or ongoing, long-term programs. To contact Tanzillo, call 903-865-1078 or send a note to


Invista claimed DuPont misled on safety of plants

June 29 (Reuters) - DuPont Co has settled a $745 million lawsuit brought by Koch Industries Inc's Invista unit over safety and environmental problems at plants once owned by the large chemical company.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed in a joint statement from the companies on Friday.

Invista is a large fiber and polymer producer that once comprised DuPont's textiles and interiors business, and which Koch purchased from DuPont for about $4.4 billion in 2004.

Four years later, Invista sued to recover cleanup costs at facilities transferred in that sale, accusing DuPont of misleading it about health and safety conditions there.

DuPont had countered that it was not responsible to cover cleanup costs. A non-jury trial expected to run eight weeks began on June 4 before U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan, but was put on hold this week as the settlement was being worked out.

In April 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice said Invista agreed to pay a $1.7 million civil fine and spend up to $500 million to correct environmental problems at plants in seven U.S. states.

Invista had earlier disclosed more than 680 regulatory violations to the Environmental Protection Agency after auditing 12 facilities it had bought from DuPont. The Justice Department had called the accord the largest under the EPA's audit policy.

Privately held Koch Industries is based in Wichita, Kansas, and controlled by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

Invista is also based in Wichita. It has several well-known brands including Lycra fiber and Stainmaster carpet, and also makes nylon, which DuPont had invented in the 1930s.

DuPont is based in Wilmington, Delaware.

The case is Invista BV et al v. EI DuPont de Nemours and Co, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 08-03063.

Look for more news in the upcoming issue on revelations about The Teflon chemical PFOA and other toxic chemicals in the cabling industry.



Online Retailer Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Industry-Leading eTailer of Electrical, Telecom/Datacom/Networking, Home Theater, and Cable and Wire Management Products Validates Its Exemplary Quality Management Systems Standard by Earning ISO 9001:2008 Certification From BSI, Inc., the World's Largest Quality Management Systems Registrar

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - Aug 28, 2012) - In an ongoing effort to provide the highest levels of service excellence in all facets of its operation, (, an industry-leading online retailer of electrical, telecom/datacom/networking, home theater, cable and wire management products, today announced it has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification (Certificate No: FS 580559) through world-leading Quality Management Systems registrar BSI, Inc. This achievement, which took merely nine months to accomplish, exemplifies the commitment of staffers and top management, alike, to quality and customers by virtue of its compliance with stringent ISO certification requirements for the following scope: Sales, Distribution, and Customer Service of Cable and Wire Management, Electrical, Network, and Data Products to Consumers, Businesses, and the Government.

"Seeking and rapidly earning ISO 9001:2008 certification is indicative of our utmost commitment to quality, which is always top-of-mind as we pursue our varied business objectives and interface with customers and vendors," said co-founder and COO Paul Holstein. "This achievement demonstrates our compliance with a rigorous customer service standard, and intention to maintain and even improve upon that high level of service as verified by annual Registrar audits required to maintain our certification. This is one key way we intend to sustain our leading marketplace edge."

According to ISO Consultancy Core Business Solutions, Inc., USA (, ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized standard which is the basis for certification of a company's quality management system that's fast becoming a minimum standard for doing business in many industries.

Core Business Solutions, USA identifies and explains these key benefits of ISO Certification:

Improved Customer Satisfaction
As processes are defined, quality becomes more consistent, and staff are more focused on achieving conformity to customer requirements, customer satisfaction will increase and misunderstandings with customers will be reduced.

International Recognition of Your Certification
Because ISO is a global quality standard, companies around the world can recognize your ISO 9001 certified QMS. This can result in increased business opportunities and reduced costs since customers may not be required to perform on-site audits.

Defined Processes
As the QMS is documented, the key processes involved in product realization will be better defined and then optimized. This will help everyone to better understand their responsibilities and improve consistency as products and services pass through the process.

Reduced Costs
Documenting the QMS typically results in the identification of sources of scrap, unnecessary quality costs, and unneeded overlaps and redundancy. Most ISO certified firms report a reduction in scrap and overtime. A recent survey of 100 registered firms reported the average improvement in operating margin at 5% of sales.

More Business/Different Markets
Due to the international recognition of the ISO certification, the improvement in process and quality consistency, the likely improvement in customer satisfaction and the possibility of lower product costs, there is the potential for increased business in both current and new markets. In addition, since 41% of companies obtaining ISO certification were asked to become certified by a customer, having a certification in place in advance will provide a distinct advantage over other suppliers.

More Consistent Quality
ISO certification demands a focus on a definition of and conformity to product requirements. This promotes consistency in process inputs and raw materials, how work is performed, how product is tested, and data is recorded, which results in more consistent product quality.

Involvement of All Employees in Making Improvements
During implementation of a certified QMS, quality awareness will increase since all staff must be trained in ISO 9001. This helps develop a strong quality culture, where the staff recognizes problems such as systems or process issues, and works on fixing them permanently. Additionally, the documented processes and the training help new employees learn processes more quickly.

Greater Management Visibility
As staff is trained in the methods for collecting and interpreting process and quality data, decisions regarding process operations and product quality will become based on objective data rather than speculation or conjecture. Data collected on the process and quality indicators will help identify changes in the process and thus will help staff minimize changes and inconsistencies.

Fewer Disruptions
Defining & optimizing the QMS as required by ISO 9001 will result in operations running more smoothly, with less down time. If a problem does occur, it is traced to its root cause and fixed, saving the organization from "re-correcting" it every time it happens.

External Audits
External audits are a benefit because they bring a third party to observe your processes and QMS. Sometimes it is difficult for internal staff to see problems because they are too close to the issues. External auditors have the advantage of seeing many other similar and dissimilar processes which often provides insight into potential issues and results in even further process and product improvements.

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


Leviton Participates in New IEEE Task Force

IEEE 802.3bm amends standards for next generation 40Gb/100Gb Ethernet

Melville, New York, September 6, 2012 – Leviton announced its involvement in a new IEEE task force for the development of additional specifications for next generation 40 and 100 Gigabit (Gb) Ethernet (Amendment: IEEE 802.3bm).

As a member of the IEEE task force, Leviton will play an active role in amending IEEE 802.3 – the collection of IEEE standards defining the physical layer and data link layer's media access control of wired Ethernet – to address 100 Gb/s Physical Layer (PHY) specifications and management parameters, using 4-lane electrical interface for operation on multimode and single-mode fiber optic cables. The taskforce will also develop 40 Gb/s PHY specifications and management parameters for operation and extended reach (>10km) single-mode fiber optic cables.

“Leviton is closely involved in the development of this next generation standard, which aims to provide guidance for lowering the overall installed costs of electronics and cabling for 100 Gb/s systems,” explained Gary Bernstein, RCDD, CDCD, Leviton’s senior director of product management for fiber and data center solutions, who is a participating member on the IEEE 802.3bm task force. “Many customers are now installing 100 Gb-ready cabling systems in order to support new 40 Gb and 100 Gb equipment architectures, so the new standard would allow them to utilize four channels of 25 Gb/s versus the current four channels of 10 Gb/s, and require fewer optical fibers.”

As part of its Network Solutions business unit, Leviton offers the Opt-X® Unity 40/100G MTP® Fiber System, supplying 24-fiber MTP technology that supports current IEEE 802.3ba and expected IEEE 802.3bm requirements. The Opt-X Unity System reduces cost of ownership and makes full utilization of fibers through the cabling channel. The system gives users an easy migration path to support their network equipment architectures that follow all current and future IEEE standards.

The new IEEE 802.3bm standard is projected to be fully integrated in Q1 2015.

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions delivers complete network infrastructure systems for enterprise, data center, government, education, health care and residential markets around the globe. Solutions include copper and fiber optic connectivity, power distribution units, and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards, offer industry-leading performance and are backed by the industry’s best service and support. Builders, contractors and other industry professionals consistently rank Leviton products as the most preferred brand in the industry. Make the smart choice for a better network. Learn more at or

About Leviton

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



LumenCache joins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program to offer current System Integrator users information about their energy-efficient LED lighting system

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, CEDIA EXPO, SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that LumenCache has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Based in Indianapolis, IN, LumenCache is a new company that offers an LED lighting system that runs almost entirely over Cat 5 cable. LumenCache's company goal is to replace the old 110 Volt AC power distribution in buildings with a new standard that is more appropriate to the power needs and digital capabilities of LED lights.

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D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company's -flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems.

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CABA Launches Bid Specification Research Project

September 13, 2012, The Continental Automated Buildings Association has launched a collaborative research study entitled "Intelligent Buildings and the Bid Specification Process".

The purpose of this collaborative landmark research study is to improve the understanding of the market imperfections and the inconsistencies that exist in designing and implementing intelligent building projects, as well as making investment decisions on intelligent technologies.

CABA's research project will be designed to identify major problems in existing bid specification approaches and models, in order to help organizations create new strategies that unify the stakeholder decision-making process. The goal of the project is to provide its participating sponsors with actionable recommendations that they can utilize to improve the entire bid specification process.

Sponsors of this CABA study include: AutomatedLogic and Lenel, a part of United Technologies Climate, Controls & Security, BACnet International, Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Diebold Incorporated, Distech Controls, Inc., Honeywell International, Hydro One Networks, Inc., Johnson Controls, Ontario Power Authority, Philips, Smardt Chiller Group Inc., Siemens Industry, Inc., Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, and Verizon.

"The aim of this research project is to turn frustration into profitability," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "Creating a more efficient bid specification process will ultimately lead to an efficient and less expensive facility construction process and will lead to better buildings with advanced intelligence."

At the end of the process, CABA expects to provide its research sponsors with a comprehensive bid specification model that can deliver a significant measure of consistency and control along with the identification and description of a consistent scope of work that addresses the need to ensure timely facility construction and cost-effective maintenance through intelligent building technologies.

CABA expects the study to be completed by December 2012. Frost & Sullivan, a leading market research consultancy, has been selected to conduct the study.

The study is a major initiative of the CABA Research Program, which offers a range of opt-in technical and advisory research services designed to provide industry stakeholders with collaborative research and R&D opportunities. For more information, please see

Organizations will be able purchase the report after it is made available by contacting CABA at 888.798.CABA (2222) or 613.686.1814 x 226.

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


Mike Nager from Metz Connect Joins CABA Board

September 13, 2012, The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Nager from Metz Connect to its Board of Directors.

Nager is Vice President and General Manager of Metz Connect's subsidiary located in Tinton Falls, NJ. Metz is the parent company of BTR Netcom and RIA Connect.

"I am very pleased to welcome Mike Nager to the CABA Board," said Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "His appointment brings additional technology and business development expertise to our association."

Nager has extensive experience in marketing, applications, and sales. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) as well as the International Society of Automation (ISA) and was the Director of the ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industry Division and the Chairman of the Material Handling of America's (MHIA) Integrated Controls Division.

Nager has published several articles and has been a speaker at events hosted by ISA, IEEE, MHIA, and the IPC- the Association of Connecting Electronics Industries. His prior employment was with Phoenix Contact in Harrisburg, PA where he developed the industry management department, a solutions oriented business development group, and ifm efector, a manufacturer of industrial sensors where he ran the application engineering department. Nager holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from the University of Scranton.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to represent Metz Connect on the CABA Board," stated Nager. "CABA offers the commercial and residential building industry an excellent forum to collaborate and share research, information, trends and analysis. CABA's goals align well with Metz Connect's commitment to the industrial and commercial communication and cabling marketplace."

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


NAED reminds us to get out there and VOTE

Is Your State's Voter Registration Deadline Approaching?

On November 6, 2012, voters will have the opportunity to elect hundreds of state and local leaders, 33 senators and all 435 spots in the U.S. House. As part of NAED’s 2012 Get Out the Vote (GOTV) program, we would like to remind you that each of these elected officials has the ability to positively or negatively shape legislation affecting your community, your business, or the electrical distribution industry as a whole.

Your decision to vote makes a difference and only takes a few easy steps:
1. Make sure you are registered to vote
2. Learn about the candidates and issues
3. Cast your vote on Election Day, or by absentee ballot

NAED’s government affairs website provides you with the tools necessary to register to vote, obtain an absentee ballot, and learn more about the federal, state and local elected officials that represent you. There you will also find a GOTV toolkit filled with information to help you encourage greater voter participation in your workforce.

One of the most frequent reasons given for not voting is lack of time. If you are not sure you will have time to vote on November 6 or will be out of town then, you might consider voting early or absentee.

Voter Registration Deadlines for all 50 states can be found on the NAED Government Action Center.

Increased voter participation on November 6 can and will improve how the system performs for each of us. If you have questions, contact NAED government affairs at (888) 791-2512 or


NAED Expands Branch Management University

Career development portal equips up-and-coming leaders for running profitable businesses

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors today unveiled a new look and format for Branch Management University, an online education portal equipping the industry’s emerging leaders with the knowledge they need to operate profitable, engaging and productive businesses.

“From rallying sales to managing employee and customer relationships, branch managers are expected to wear many hats,” said Michelle McNamara, NAED senior vice president and executive director of the NAED Education & Research Foundation. “Branch Management University is their one-stop spot for tools, advice and training that helps them be successful.”

First launched in April 2011, Branch Management University focuses on strengthening management skills in four areas: customers, operations, financials and employees. The updated format builds on these areas, featuring:

  • Three new courses on business ethics, sexual harassment and financial decision making;
  • Two-day training bootcamps led by industry experts;
  • Access to relevant industry news and features;
  • Easy online enrollment forms; and
  • A formal position-based curriculum organized into core and elective courses at the 100, 200 and 300 level that will be available in October 2012.

“Branch managers are an integral part of the industry,” said Tom Naber, NAED president and CEO. “And the enhanced Branch Management University focuses on advancing our leaders of tomorrow.” 

Enter Branch Management University at For more information on the branch manager curriculum, or any of the new enhancements, contact NAED Member Services at 888-791-2512 or

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.



NAED Recognizes New Certified Electrical Professionals

90 Professionals Earn CEP Designation, Marking Industry Excellence, Experience

ST. LOUIS … The National Association of Electrical Distributors congratulates the 90 individuals earning the Certified Electrical Professional -- Inside Sales ™ or Certified Electrical Professional – Outside Sales designation in July 2012 from CEP Certification L.L.C., a professional credentialing organization established by NAED to administer the CEP exam.

CEP is a leading professional designation for distributors, manufacturers and others serving the electrical distribution channel. Certification demonstrates knowledge and expertise on the products and services offered by the electrical industry, granting holders a new level of credibility and professionalism.

CEP certification identifies excellence in areas such as product knowledge, customer service, and sales, giving designees added credibility in the electrical industry. Recertification is required every three years to maintain integrity of the designation and promote ongoing education and professional development.

Since the first its exam in 2009, the CEP program has certified 536 individuals across 44 states, with 84 companies currently participating.

The following have earned the Certified Electrical Professional – Inside Sales designation:

Todd J. Anderson

Border States Electric

Marshall, Minn.

Carl R. Baldwin

Hunzicker Brothers Inc.

Stillwater, Okla.

Mandy L. Bell

Electrical Equipment Company


Jason T. Benefiel


Loveland, Colo.

Don G. Borowicz

Dakota Supply Group

Fargo, N.D.

Corey J. Bragg


Charlotte, N.C.

Larry Briggs

Englewood Electrical Supply/WESCO

Adrian, Mich.

David B. Bush

Mars Electric Co.

Willoughby, Ohio

Mike Candahl

W.A. Roosevelt Co./Div. of Dakota Supply Group

La Crosse, Wis.

Greg V. Cannon


Colorado Springs, Colo.

David J. Cernigliaro


Tupelo, Miss.

Jeff L. Chiles

Border States Electric


Steve Croker


Conyers, Ga.

Randall J. Davis Jr.

Harris Electric Supply/Div. of Border States Electric

Nashville, Tenn.

Michael J. Dean

Wildcat Electric Supply Ltd.


Jonathan M. DeLara

Border States Electric

Clarksville, Tenn.

James Dewald


San Diego

Mark Dontje

W.A. Roosevelt Co./Div. of Dakota Supply Group

La Crosse, Wis.

Phillip W. Duke


Meridian, Miss.

Michael Dunz


Colorado Springs, Colo.

Thomas P. Edens


Melbourne, Fla.

Bruce Farnum Sr.

Davis Wholesale Electric Inc.

Palmdale, Calif.

Mark A. Ferrelli Sr.


Melbourne, Fla.

Ryan S. Forrester


Kennesaw, Ga.

Geoffrey A. Fortner

The Reynolds Company


Tim Gilbert

Shealy Electrical Wholesalers Inc.

Greenwood, S.C.

Kerry D. Hancock

Shealy Electrical Wholesalers Inc.

Florence, S.C.

Rhett A. Hasserd


Carrollton, Texas

Daniel C. Hindman


Springdale, Ark.

Lisa M. Hird

WESCO Distribution

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kevin R. Holway

Granite City Electric Supply Company Inc.

Plymouth, Mass.

Constance M. Hutchison


Mogadore, Ohio

Thomas H. Jennings


Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Jody L. Johnson


Colorado Springs, Colo.

Michael J. Kucharski

Thermal Devices Inc.

Mount Airy, Md.

Chris A. Lebo

Border States Electric

Kingsford, Mich.

John F. Maloney

Mars Electric Co.

Chardon, Ohio

Joe Melcher

W.A. Roosevelt Co./Div. of Dakota Supply Group

La Crosse, Wis.

Richard J. Mollendor


Loveland, Colo.

Michael H. Nash


Springdale, Ark.

Jennifer E. Nichols


Loveland, Colo.

Ryan W. O'Loughlin

Mars Electric Co.

Macedonia, Ohio

Stephen K. Overman


Gulfport, Miss.

Cheryl L. Perkins


Loveland, Colo.

James C. Putman


Decatur, Ala.

Edward Schoewe

Active Electrical Supply Company


Travis W. Shifflett


Harrisonburg, Va.

Steven J. Shipman


Meridian, Miss.

Christopher J. Stupak

Hunzicker Brothers Inc.

Oklahoma City

Robert M. Taylor

Electric Supply Inc.

Tampa, Fla.

Russell K. Thacker


Carrollton, Texas

Julie A. Toepper

Border States Electric


Craig R. Wohlschlegel

Hunzicker Brothers Inc.

Shawnee, Okla.

Joel B. Yeske

Echo Electric Supply

Worthington, Minn.

The following have earned the Certified Electrical Professional – Outside Sales designation:

Shawn M. Bubendorf

EESCO United Electric

New Brighton, Minn.

Ted M. Butler

State Electric Supply Co.

Greensboro, N.C.

John C. Caldwell

State Electric Supply Co.

Christiansburg, Va.

Everett W. Carlson

EESCO United Electric

New Brighton, Minn.

Bradley A. DeAntonio

Hagemeyer N.A.

Charleston, S.C.

Michael W. DeMitro

Mars Electric Co.

Willoughby, Ohio

Timothy W. Dukes


Memphis, Tenn.

Joseph C. Fasnacht

Border States Electric

Faribault, Minn.

Aaron Fournier


Tampa, Fla.

Kim D. Gerdes

Border States Electric

Willmar, Minn.

Jason T. Gregory

State Electric Supply Co.

Beckley, W.Va.

Benjamin Griffin

WESCO Distribution

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

David Guertin

WESCO Distribution

Saint Paul, Minn.

Charles D. Hinkle

Crum Electric Supply Co. Inc.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Robert G. Hughes


Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Michael A. Karge

Border States Electric

Faribault, Minn.

Joe Macejik

W.A. Roosevelt Co./Div. of Dakota Supply Group

La Crosse, Wis.

Ronald W. Mays

Echo Group, Inc.

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Brian S. Miller

EESCO United Electric

New Brighton, Minn.

Jerry L. Mowrey

Echo Electric Supply

Carroll, Iowa

Jackie Parks

Parrish-Hare Electrical Supply Corporation

Fort Worth, Texas

Richard N. Peebles

Englewood Electrical Supply/WESCO

Decatur, Ill.

Jason M. Perkins

Rexel Inc.

Fort Myers, Fla.

Dan W. Reginelli

Mars Electric Co.

Willoughby, Ohio

Donald M. Rothfuss


Charlotte, N.C.

Adrian Ruiz

Border States Electric

El Paso, Texas

John R. Seeger Jr.

EESCO United Electric

New Brighton, Minn.

Brian Shropshire


Asheville, N.C.

Joseph A. Siedler

EESCO United Electric

New Brighton, Minn.

Jim T. Skjefte

Border States Electric

Willmar, Minn.

Fred D. Smith


Charlotte, N.C.

Joshua L. Smith

Rogers Electric Supplies Co./ECHO Group

Sioux City, Iowa

James R. Stone

Parrish-Hare Electrical Supply Corporation

Midlothian, Texas

Bowen L. Welsh

Parrish-Hare Electrical Supply Corporation

Fort Worth, Texas

Mitch Wibbels


Colorado Springs, Colo.

Timothy W. Wireman

New Haven Supply Co. Inc.

New Haven, Ohio

For interested candidates, the next tests will occur on January 14-25. Visit the CEP site for more information, including CEP Prep Courses, self-assessments, sample exam questions and more.

CEP Certification L.L.C. is a limited liability corporation established by the National Association of Electrical Distributors to develop and administer certification and recertification processes for the purpose of designating those individuals who have met CEP Certification professional knowledge standards. The mission of CEP Certification is to enhance the performance of individuals working in the electrical distribution industry by setting standards for the performance of industry job roles and assessing individuals against these standards.

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.


RAD Wins Best Carrier Ethernet Aggregation Product Award at Carrier Ethernet World Congress

BARCELONA, September 19, 2012 – For the second straight year, RAD Data Communications has won a prestigious Carrier Ethernet Award at the Carrier Ethernet World Congress, which is meeting this week in Barcelona.

RAD was cited for the Best Carrier Ethernet Aggregation Product EMEA for its recently-unveiled ETX-5300A Ethernet Service Aggregation Platform. The winners were selected by a panel of judges from leading industry analyst firms and telecom operators.

“This award, the third such one we’ve received in the past twelve months, confirms RAD’s leadership role in developing the most advanced Carrier Ethernet access solutions the industry has to offer,” states Amir Karo, Vice President of Marketing at RAD Data Communications.

“Our best-of-breed Carrier Ethernet portfolio succeeds in winning multiple commendations because it provides the same ‘look and feel’ in terms of service and network management, uniform performance monitoring and provisioning, and simplified maintenance while delivering high capacity at an affordable cost that significantly lowers TCO. In addition, we engineer our solutions to respond to the carrier’s demand for equipment that features low energy consumption and a small footprint that saves space in street cabinets and the POP.”                  

The ETX-5300A grooms Ethernet and TDM traffic from the access network to the provider’s edge (PE), enabling operators to substantially reduce their operational costs per Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) link. Packaged in a small form factor box that uses less than half the power consumption than any competitive product, the ETX-5300A aggregates up to 80 GbE or 16 10GbE access links into redundant 10 GbE ports, freeing up expensive PE capacity and significantly reducing CapEx and OpEx by cutting the price per link when working opposite RAD’s ETX Carrier Ethernet demarcation devices. It can also be deployed to deliver SLA-based business Ethernet services.

“The ETX-5300A features an extensive toolset with an unsurpassed suite of advanced timing-over-packet synchronization technologies, including a 1588 grandmaster clock,” adds Eyal Aloni, RAD’s ETX Portfolio Manager. “It can, therefore, also be used to provide timing-over-packet services in wholesale networks and serve as a single instrument for empowering the convergence of business and mobile network services over the same infrastructure.”

Last year, RAD was the only vendor to have won two Carrier Ethernet Awards. The company’s ETX-203A was recognized as best Carrier Ethernet demarcation product in Asia-Pacific at Carrier Ethernet APAC 2011 in Singapore. At Carrier Ethernet World Congress 2011, held in Amsterdam that year, RAD’s ETX-205A won the award for Best Carrier Ethernet mobile backhaul product in EMEA.

About RAD

Founded in 1981, RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access and backhaul equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, carriers, and enterprise networks, as well as utilities and transportation systems. The company's installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world, including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison, KDDI, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Vodafone. RAD is an active participant in industry organizations such as the IETF, Broadband Forum, ITU, and MEF. Its customers are supported by 31 offices and more than 300 channel partners in 165 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site:    Twitter:


Oberon, Inc. Announces Model 1057 Suspended Ceiling Enclosure - Provide Secure, Convenient, Aesthetic Mounting Solutions for Wireless Access Points

State College, PA – August 30, 2012, Oberon, Inc., a leading designer of wireless access point and telecommunications enclosures, has announced a new addition to its popular line of suspended ceiling mounting solutions.

Oberon’s Model 1057-00 suspended ceiling enclosure provides a secure, aesthetic, convenient mounting solution for wireless access points and DAS remote units from most vendors. The enclosure has a low profile, impact-resistant ABS dome so wireless access points with integrated or non-detachable antennas can be secured in otherwise unsecured spaces. The product is UL Listed and designed to satisfy National Electric Code (NEC) paragraphs 300-22 and 300-23 for installation in the air handling space. Locks are “keyed-alike” to simplify moves, adds, and changes.

Physical security of network equipment is important to any business, and a requirement in many.  Because Oberon enclosures provide locking doors, a secure mount, and attach directly to the building structure, they can help network designers meet requirements set by government and retail industries.  In healthcare facilities, where infection control is a major consideration, Oberon’s products provide the ability to complete moves, adds, and changes from within the back-box by opening a door panel, completely avoiding disruption of the air-handling (plenum) space and greatly simplifying maintenance procedures.

Oberon enclosures feature a durable, UL-classified ABS plastic which is virtually transparent to wireless signals, making them Ideal for Wireless NetworksTM.  Mounting the access points within the enclosure eliminates ceiling grid clips, ceiling tile cutouts, and unsightly holes in ceiling tiles.

For more information about secure, convenient, and aesthetic telecommunications and wireless access point enclosures for suspended ceiling and wall-mounted systems, please call 1-877-867-2312 or visit

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

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


Quabbin® Wire & Cable Co., Inc. Adds 600V AWM Rating - DataMax® Extreme Industrial Ethernet cables now available with 600V AWM

Quabbin® Wire & Cable Co., Inc. an expert in the design and construction of rugged industrial Ethernet cables has elevated their DataMax® Extreme cables to the next level by adding a 600V AWM approval.

The new rating has been applied to more than 25 part numbers and includes ALL FR TPE jacketed industrial Ethernet cables.  Constructions are available in; stranded, solid, unshielded, foil shielded, braided shield, 2 pair, 4 pair, 22, 24, and 26 AWG.

The addition of the 600V AWM rating takes this already versatile harsh environment cable to new places.  While the conventional uses are still very much in effect the 600V rating allows this cable to be used for signal and communication within MCC or Motor Control Centers where power cables are also present.  The importance of having the rating in this environment is threefold.  First it is usually a requirement.  Second users need to be assured that the cable can endure and perform in an enclosed atmosphere where highly concentrated EMI is a factor.  Lastly, the more robust jacket required to meet a 600V approval protects the network from high voltage that may leach from nearby power cables onto data cables and travel into the communication network. 

Quabbin® Wire & Cable Co., works diligently to keep the DataMax® Extreme offerings abreast with the demands of the marketplace.  Our portfolio boasts cable offerings that have proven success records in all facets of automation where harsh environments exist.  Some of the other elements contributing to the  suitability of DataMax® Extreme cables for harsh environment applications include continuous flex & torsion ratings, resistance to weld spatter, chemicals, oil, and UV rays, as well as RoHS compliance.

Established in 1975, Quabbin® Wire & Cable has had over 35 years of experience producing an array of electronic cables for a variety of applications.  These cables are constructed to your exact specifications with proprietary, high speed equipment resulting in the right cable at the right price.  Our capability of long, continuous lengths provides superior lot traceability and consistency.  Advanced real time process controls a step beyond industry norms monitor quality and consistency throughout the manufacturing cycle.  This establishes a foundation of quality at the beginning of the cable supply chain and contributes to cost control by increasing assembly yield and reducing rework and scrap. 

For more information on DataMax® Extreme Industrial Ethernet Cables including product specifications, chemical resistance information, cable samples, and the names of DataMax® Extreme cord assemblers visit or call the Quabbin® Sales office at 800.368.3311.


ShoreTel Provides Law Firms With Competitive Edge - Professional service industry recognizes brilliantly simple benefits of ShoreTel solution

ShoreTel®(SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), continues to provide communication tools that enhance the ability of one of our largest vertical markets – professional services – to compete head-on in today’s market and address rising client expectations.

Many law firms have leveraged the brilliantly simple ShoreTel UC system with their legal services software to facilitate convenient and accurate processes. Additionally, ShoreTel's support of open standards gives law firms the flexibility to integrate leading applications into their business communications systems. This blends the century-old traditions and exceptional client relationships of legal counsel with progressive and technology-savvy business methods.

“We have two types of employees at Burr & Forman. We have one group who is used to physical phones at the desk, and a newer generation who prefers instant messaging and softphones. We wanted an easier approach to share information, especially for lawyers who travel to depositions, hotels, meetings, and such. Having disparate communications systems is just too expensive and hard to maintain, and really limits what capabilities can be introduced,” explains David S. Michel, the chief information officer at Burr & Forman.

“Successful communication is the core of any service industry – especially so within the legal profession. Without it, the needs of a client can be jeopardized and customer satisfaction threatened,” said Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer at ShoreTel. “ShoreTel provides a streamlined communication system that can be easily customized, which results in better time management and tracking – criteria which are critical to the legal industry.”

Law firms 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.

For example:

  • “We were looking for greater efficiencies, for seamless and flexible communications, and a newer, fresher way to collaborate for better results. We chose ShoreTel for its ease of use, simplicity, total cost of ownership, disaster recovery, and cost savings.”
    - David S. Michel, chief information officer, Burr & Forman
  • “We’ve moved from Nortel to ShoreTel, resulting in new services being available to our employees at lower cost and backed by ShoreTel’s tremendous support. There is no question that the ShoreTel system provided a lower TCO. We've also been able to recognize increased productivity through ShoreTel features that were extra cost items from other vendors and reduced carrier costs through the use of SIP trunks. And for the most important value benefit we have a lot of very happy users who feel they have a telephone system that provides them capabilities that were not previously available.”
    - Kevin J. Sullivan, Director of Technology, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
  • “Four years ago, our [phone] system was at maximum capacity. ShoreTel arrived with a demo kit that was easily set up onsite, showing us how easy the system was to operate. And now we have just deployed a virtual receptionist using video with our ShoreTel client thanks to the savings from such a low total cost of ownership.”
    - Roland Hundley, director of information technology, McAngus Goudelock and Courie LLC
  • “We opted for the ShoreTel UC system as it not only proved to be the most scalable and easy to manage, but also offered an all-inclusive cluster licensing…the ShoreTel licensing model bundled all features, necessary hardware and supporting costs together and proved to be the most cost-effective system.”
    - Stephen Brown, IT Director, Higgs & Sons
  • “SGH Martineau is similar to many multi-site, multi-practice law firms in that we grapple with the challenges of keeping our staff within easy reach of clients, without sacrificing on cost capture information. ShoreTel impressed with its ability to integrate with our current technologies, thanks to its open API and will now provide the firm with the ability to provide clients with a single number that directly links them with their contact or the relevant Personal Assistant.”
    - Dean Hill-Jowett, IT Director, SGH Martineau.
  • “Our multiple location firm manages a large number of inbound calls every day. We are able to leverage the power of our cloud-based phone solution from ShoreTel by routing incoming calls to a single location. Operators use the Phone Assistant application to easily transfer calls to the correct person, regardless of where they are located. The capabilities of our phone system help us operate more efficiently and better manage our resources, while still providing the outstanding level of service that our clients deserve.”
    - Matt Funk, Pasternack, Tilker, Ziegler, Walsh, Stanton & Romano, LLP

ShoreTel will be exhibiting at the upcoming ILTA conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 26-30. The legal industry’s largest event draws IT professionals from law firms around the world to learn about the latest communication solutions. Stop by booth 226 to learn more about ShoreTel.

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About ShoreTel, Inc.

ShoreTel, Inc. (SHOR) brings unmatched flexibility, choice and value to brilliantly simple business phones systems and unified communications (UC). With its award-winning premise-based IP phone system with integrated unified communications, contact center capabilities, and its proven hosted VoIP services, organizations of all sizes can select the best option for their needs. ShoreTel’s ongoing mission is to eliminate costly complexity and give customers the 24/7 freedom to leverage rich voice, video, data and mobile unified communications capabilities they need. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas; Rochester and New York, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Maidenhead, United Kingdom; Sydney, Australia; and Singapore. For more information, visit

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

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

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


Siemon’s QSFP+ Direct Attached Copper Cable Assemblies Pass FDR InfiniBand Testing

August 31, 2012, Watertown, CT - Siemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, today announced that its passive copper FDR QSFP+ high speed interconnect products have been tested by the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) and these 56Gb/s interconnect cable assemblies have been accepted as compliant to the InfiniBand FDR Specification. FDR (Fourteen Data Rate) is InfiniBand’s designation for 4 x 14G applications.

By passing the rigorous IBTA testing, Siemon's FDR QSFP+ assemblies are now included on IBTA's Integrators' List, which is designed to support data centre managers, CIOs and other IT professionals with deployment of InfiniBand systems. End users and OEMs frequently check the IBTA Integrators' List prior to the deployment of InfiniBand solutions, including small and large clusters, to ensure product compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification, as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products.

Four variants of Siemon's copper FDR QSFP+ cable assemblies are certified on the IBTA's Integrators' List as being compliant to 14G per lane FDR data rates. They are available from 30 to 25 gauge and in lengths from 1 to 5 meters. The current IBTA Integrators' List is available at

Siemon Interconnect Solutions' QSFP+ passive copper cable assemblies were developed for high-density applications, offering a cost-effective, low-power option for high-speed data centre interconnects of up to 10 meters, depending on wire gauge and IO interface data rate usage. They are ideal for server blade to box, rack-to-rack and shelf-to-shelf interconnects, as well as high-speed networking and storage equipment applications.

Interoperable with compliant SFF-8436 interfaces, Siemon's QSFP+ copper interconnects are also fully compatible with a wide array of data protocols/interfaces, including Ethernet 10G, 40G (IEEE-802.3ba) and SONET. They also support Fibre Channel 10G, 40G, SAN and 4x16G; FCoE, RapidIO and Myrinet 40G systems links.

Siemon’s  high speed Interconnect product line includes SFP+; DDR,QDR and FDR QSFP+; miniSAS; QSFP+ to SFP+ Breakout and miniSAS Fan-out passive copper cables for use in point to point applications within advanced data centers.

For more information on Siemon’s High Speed Interconnect Assemblies, visit

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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.


SoleraTec Introduces Phoenix Thunderbird™ Video Surveillance Appliance Family

NVR Appliances To Deliver Complete Turn-Key Video Surveillance Solution

San Diego, CA – September 6, 2012 – SoleraTec LLC, a provider of innovative video lifecycle management and storage products, introduces the new Phoenix Thunderbird™ video surveillance appliance. Built upon the Sans Digital™ brand of storage hardware, the new SoleraTec Phoenix Thunderbird family of video surveillance appliances delivers a professional-grade surveillance video management solution in an all-in-one appliance, also known as a network video recorder or NVR.

This new SoleraTec Phoenix Thunderbird video surveillance appliance provides a cost-effective, scalable solution for small and medium sized businesses. The entry-level Phoenix Thunderbird 1100 NVR is ideal for home use. The robust Phoenix Thunderbird 8300 provides professional features and pay-as-you-grow scalability. The Phoenix Thunderbird line of video surveillance appliances is an all-digital IP-based surveillance platform with ideal support for megapixel IP-cameras from over 185 IP-camera manufacturers.   

Expanding the traditional video surveillance appliance by delivering the longest video retention periods, the new enterprise Phoenix Thunderbird 8300 –with integrated digital data tape storage– working together with the onboard 14-terabytes of online storage provides ultra quick search and playback of months and months of recorded video at the highest resolutions.

“These new Phoenix Thunderbird video surveillance appliances represent a significant step forward in simplifying the overall usefulness of a surveillance video management solution and also showcases how SoleraTec can provide organizations with true value,” stated Mark Armstrong, CEO of SoleraTec. “Throw in total cost of ownership savings and long-term video retention capabilities and these new appliances deliver a superior video surveillance solution.”

The Phoenix Thunderbird NVR appliances come in three models:

Phoenix Thunderbird™ 1100

Intuitive Phoenix RSM software for simultaneous live viewing and recording of up to four (4) channels/IP-cameras in a compact chassis design. The cost-effective operation of a complete video surveillance appliance comes preloaded with the operating system and Phoenix RSM surveillance video management application pre-configured for quick and easy plug-and-play operation and dependability.  The Phoenix Thunderbird 1100 has a 2-Terabyte hard drive for video retention. The Phoenix RSM cross-platform client application allows for intuitive live viewing, easy searching of recorded video, and system administration with the free Phoenix RSM client software on Windows and/or Macintosh computers.

Phoenix Thunderbird™ 4100

When additional IP-cameras are needed and additional video retention is desired, the Phoenix Thunderbird 4100 provides support for up to 10 IP-cameras with up to 4TBs of storage capacity. This unit also supports any RTSP / ONVIF IP-camera from over 185 IP-camera manufacturers and has an unlimited allotment of client seats on PC and Mac computers for live viewing and video searching.

Phoenix Thunderbird™ 8300

This appliance is a 3U rackmount based system delivering 14TB storage capacity for longer-term surveillance retention while supporting up to 24 RTSP / ONVIF enabled IP-cameras per unit, including multi-megapixel cameras for high definition recording. Automatic IP-camera searching allows for simple installation as well as fast deployments. Unlimited Phoenix RSM clients for PC and MAC computers allows for simultaneous live viewing of up to 16 cameras in one matrix with ultra fast searching and retrieval of recorded video. Relevant searching of recorded video via user-customizable metadata fields allowing for ultra fast video retrieval. Marketed segments of desired video can then be exported with complete chain of custody. Additional integration with Milestone, OnSSI, and SkyPoint (optional license required) deliver exceptional video retention expansion units.

The Phoenix Thunderbird 8300 is also equipped to generate low-resolution companion files of the recorded video, allowing for instant search and playback of relevant video. These low-resolution companion files remain on hard disk storage while the associated   –unaltered– original video can be migrated to additional near-line or offline storage devices, all managed for quick access and playback by the Phoenix RSM system, delivering the lowest cost of ownership of any video surveillance system.

The Phoenix Thunderbird family of NVRs are designed to meet the needs of customers who desire a turn-key solution for IP video that is cost-effective, easy to deploy, and dependable.

"Integrating the Phoenix RSM surveillance video management software into our Sans Digital NAS hardware delivers the best-of-breed video surveillance appliances customers are demanding," said Grandy Chen, President of Sans Digital. "Price, performance, and unequaled protection are built into every appliance."

Pricing and Availability

The SoleraTec Phoenix Thunderbird family of NVR appliances will begin shipping at the ASIS 2012 expo and will be available through select SoleraTec security resellers and integrators. Pricing on the Phoenix Thunderbird 1100 starts at US$899.00. IP-cameras sold separately.

About Sans Digital

Sans Digital, a leading provider of high performance storage subsystems is devoted to providing the highest quality storage devices with great flexibility, performance, aesthetics and value. Sans Digital offers hot-swappable JBOD and RAID storage products for direct attached storage, network attached storage, and storage area network to customers ranging from SOHO (Small Office, Home Office), SMB (Small, Medium Business) to enterprises worldwide.

About SoleraTec

SoleraTec is a leading developer of archive, storage, asset, and video lifecycle management software for corporate customers. SoleraTec leverages a heritage of over 15 years to deliver a level of quality, sophistication, and technological advancement that has established it as one of the premier video lifecycle management solution providers in the industry. SoleraTec works through OEM, dealer, and integrator relationships to deliver complete video storage solutions. The company was established in 1997 by a team of industry veterans with experience deploying data protection, Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM), and video lifecycle management solutions to some of the largest companies around the world. For more information, please visit


Take Advantage of CABA

Further to the great information that we have been sharing over LinkedIn, please consider joining the CABA Group on LinkedIn, which has grown tremendously with nearly 1,600 industry professionals in a short time period. You may join and introduce yourself and/or company to the CABA Group at: CABA's LinkedIn group is a valuable networking forum to share discussions, ideas, and opportunities with industry leading people and organizations. 


If not already taking advantage of this complimentary publication, please subscribe to the weekly CABA NewsBrief that provides the most updated industry news and research for the "connected home and intelligent buildings" sector. You can subscribe to this publication and view back issues at: . CABA's iHomes & Buildings Magazine continues to provide valuable insights to the industry and for your free copy please go to: also has the largest collection of "connected homes and intelligent buildings" research in the world. Anyone can view the CABA Public Library at: and the list of White Papers and Research Reports, in the CABA Member's Library, can be viewed here:


Finally, CABA's Digital Home Forum will be hosted by CABA member Qualcomm Incorporated Thursday, October 11, 2012 in San Diego, CA. Industry leaders involved in the integration of consumer electronics and other cutting-edge technology throughout the home will have the opportunity to network and learn about current research and trends in the digital and connected home. The CABA Connected Home Council meeting (CHC) follows the Digital Home Forum on Friday October 12, 2012 and all attendees are invited to be complimentary VIP Guests of Qualcomm at the Miramar Air Show (made famous by the movie 'Top Gun'). Register now at: Please confirm your attendance at the CHC meeting and Miramar Air Show to Tony Disipio at 613.686.1814 x228 or Note: VIP seating at the air show is limited on a first come basis.


It is great to be linked and do take advantage of the free research and information that CABA offers!



Ronald J. Zimmer CAE

President & CEO

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)


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tED Magazine Names ‘Best of the Best’ Marketing Award Winners

Connexion, Southwire Take Top Honors with ‘Best Overall’ Distinction 


ST. LOUISThe Electrical Distributor, the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors, has honored 53 of the electrical industry’s finest marketing programs in its 2012 Best of the Best Marketing Awards Competition.


Best of the Best Judges Katrina Olson and Shad Thomas presented the awards at a special ceremony during NAED’s 2012 AdVenture Marketing Conference on August 21.


For 43 years, tED magazine has recognized the electrical industry’s top marketing initiatives with its Best of the Best Award competition. This year’s awards honored 38 electrical distributors and suppliers in 14 categories for stellar campaigns launching in 2011.


Every year, the publication selects one distributor and one supplier to represent the overall best marketing practices for the industry. This year’s “best overall” winners were:


  • Connexion – Based in Buffalo Grove, Ill., this distributor earned individual Best of the Best awards in the Brand Awareness Category for its “Incandescent & T12 Lamp Phase Out,” the Digital/Social Media Campaign category for its “Green Scene” and “Contractor News Connexion!” e-newsletters, and the Public Relations/Community Outreach category for its “Science Connexion” program.


  • Southwire – Based in Carrollton, Ga., this supplier captured awards in three categories: its “MCAP Cable: Grounded in Reliability” ad won for Print Ad—Single, while “SIMpull Solutions Blueprint for Productivity Campaign” won in both the Print Ad—Campaign and Brand Awareness categories.


In addition, the following companies received 2012 Best of the Best category awards. See all the winning campaigns in the August print issue of tED and in a video on



  • Distributor under $25 million – National Electric Supply, “NES News”
  • Distributor $25 million - $200 million – Connexion, “Incandescent & T12 Lamp Phase Out”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Van Meter Inc., “Van Meter Industrial Becomes Van Meter Inc.”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Madison Electric Products, “Taking Commitment to Innovation on the Road with the Innovation Express”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Southwire, “SIMpull Solutions Blueprint for Productivity Campaign”



  • Distributor over $200 million – Cooper Electric Supply, “Showroom Interactive House”
  • Supplier under $250 million – WAC Lighting, “2011 Custom Display Program”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Lutron Electronics, “Maestro Wireless Wingstack”



  • Distributor under $25 million – Vaughan Electrical Supply, “The New Generation of EDs”
  • Distributor $25 million - $200 million – Connexion, “The Green Scene & Contractor News Connexion!”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Summit Electric Supply, “Summit NewsWire”
  • Supplier under $250 million – L-com, “A New Angle on Ethernet Cabling”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Fluke, “Vibration: See the Unseen”



  • Distributor $25 million - $200 million – Werner Electric (Minn.), “MCAP Southwire Challenge”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Dakota Supply Group, “Power Tools Direct Mail”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Service Wire, “2011 Products & Services Offerings”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Legrand/Cablofil, “Delta Strut Sales Kit”



  • Distributor under $25 million – C.N. Robinson Lighting Supply, “On the Road Show & Oktoberfest”
  • Distributor $25 million - $200 million – Standard Electric Supply, “2011 Automation Express”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Irby, “Jackson, MS Safety Seminar”
  • Supplier over $250 million – GE Lighting, “GE Lighting Revolution Tour”



  • Distributor $25 million - $200 million – Springfield Electric Supply, “Ride with Springfield Electric & Schneider Electric”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Summit Electric Supply, “Online Services”
  • Supplier under $250 million  – Universal Lighting Technologies, “2011 Audience Segment Campaign”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Eaton, “Eaton City Electrical Navigator”



  • Distributor $25 million - $200 million – Warshauer Electric Supply, “Future Proof Your Home”
  • Distributor over $250 million – Summit Electric Supply, “Round the Clock Convenience with Summit’s Online Services”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Fulham, “Comprehensive Lighting Guide (Global Product Catalog)”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Philips Lighting, “12.5W EnduraLED A19 Mini-Application Tool”



  • Distributor over $200 million – Border States Electric, “Supply Chain Solutions Made Simple”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Universal Lighting Technologies, “Demand Control”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Southwire, “MCAP Cable: Grounded in Realiability”



  • Distributor over $200 million – State Electric Supply, “North Carolina Ad Campaign”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Universal Lighting Technologies, “Revolution Print”
  • Supplier over $250 million (tie) – GE Energy Industrial Solutions, “GE is Leading the Future of Electrification”; and Southwire, “SIMpull Solutions Blueprint for Productivity Campaign”



  • Distributor over $200 million – CapitalTristate, “Your Road to Speed on the Job”
  • Supplier under $250 million – RAB Lighting, “Introducing WPLED52”
  • Supplier over $250 million (tie) – Legrand/Wiremold, “Evolution Series Floor Box”; and LENOX, “Unplugged (Speed Slot Hole Saw)”



  • Distributor $25 million - $200 million – Connexion, “Science Connexion”
  • Distributor over $200 million – NorthEast Electrical Distributors, “Project Green Lights 2011”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Prescolite, “College Support Program”



  • Distributor over $200 million – Dakota Supply Group, “Touchpoints Video”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Federal Signal, “EMComm”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Legrand/Cablofil, “Deltra Strut Press Kit”



  • Distributor over $200 million – Cooper Electric Supply, “DuPont Connections Newsletter”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Fulham, “Comprehensive Lighting Guide”
  • Supplier over $250 million – Philips Lighting, “Lighting Specifier Newsletter”



  • Distributor $25 million - $200 million – Shepherd Electric Supply, “New Website Launch”
  • Distributor over $200 million – Graybar, “ Redesign”
  • Supplier under $250 million – Service Wire, “2011 Website Redesign”
  • Supplier over $250 million – LENOX, “LENOX Unplugged”


Details on tED’s 2013 Best of the Best contest will be released in October. For additional contest information, contact tED Editor Misty Byers at 314-812-5316 or  


Circulated to more than 25,000 readers throughout the electrical distribution industry, the award-winning tED magazine serves as the industry’s primary source for trends, best practices, and news happening throughout the electrical supply chain. In addition to its monthly print edition, tED produces up-to-the minute news through, twice-weekly e-newsletters, and its LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter channels.


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.


YP Launches as North America's Leading Local Search, Media and Advertising Company - 2012

Former AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive units combine industry-leading assets to form standalone unit under YP Holdings

Cerberus Capital Management acquires controlling interest

TUCKER, Ga., May 9, 2012 - YP Holdings LLC ("YP"), which combines the assets of AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive into North America's largest local search, media and advertising company, launched today with the closing of the acquisition of a controlling interest in YP by an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. ("Cerberus"). As a standalone company, YP had $3.3 billion in revenues in 2011. Approximately 30%, or nearly $1 billion, of YP's 2011 revenues derived from its digital and mobile platforms, making YP the ninth-largest digital media company of any type in the U.S. YP local search products such as, YPmobile and the YP Real Yellow Pages enable consumers to find, connect and transact with merchants across the U.S. YP's thousands of sales and service professionals in local U.S. markets provide unmatched, longstanding relationships with 700,000 local advertisers throughout the country.

AT&T Advertising Solutions is best known as the publisher of the iconic Yellow Pages, the largest print directory publisher in the world. AT&T Interactive operates and the top-rated YPmobile app, which together have over 38 million monthly unique visitors. The YP Local Ad Network generates additional value by providing local business advertisers with an opportunity to tap into more than 70 million monthly unique visitors in its extended network of over 300 affiliated online and mobile publishers. YP is the number-one ranked traditional media company in North America by percentage of digital revenues.

YP's unmatched multi-media product portfolio plays a key role in local commerce as it connects buyers and sellers across the web, mobile and print platforms and helps drive over $150 billion per year in transactions. In 2011, searches on YPmobile apps grew over 200 percent. Today, YP generates two calls each second on average to businesses found via the app. YP's Real Yellow Pages directories are also used more than five million times daily by consumers to seek out local businesses.

"We are pleased to be investing in North America's preeminent local search, media and advertising company," said Steven F. Mayer, Senior Managing Director and co-head of global private equity at Cerberus. "YP is one of the most cost-effective ways for local businesses to connect with their customers. Their unsurpassed range of advertising and lead generation solutions provides a powerful boost to commerce in America. We look forward to working with YP's talented associates and leadership team and to supporting YP as it innovates to meet the needs of its 700,000 business customers."

Strong and Experienced Leadership Team

David Krantz, former CEO and president of AT&T Interactive, has been named CEO of YP Holdings. Krantz will lead YP's overall strategy and operations.

The new leadership team includes executives from AT&T Advertising Solutions, AT&T Interactive, and Cerberus Operations, as well as executives recruited from outside of AT&T. The company will be headquartered in Tucker, Georgia.

AT&T has a 47 percent  equity interest in YP Holdings.

"We have a great future in front us," said Krantz. "We also have an extensive customer base, the largest local sales organization, an unmatched product portfolio, industry-leading platforms across the web, mobile and print ecosystems, and a great brand. We are ready to invest in this business, innovate, and provide excellent service to our customers."

"Go-to-Partner" for Small Businesses

YP sales professionals serve as media consultants for their customers and create relationships built upon trust with a goal of helping advertisers grow their business. Through customized campaigns designed by expert advisors, YP is able to provide small and medium sized businesses with one of the most cost-effective sources for consumer leads. YP's newly-developed reporting tools make it simple for small business owners to monitor, track and evaluate the effectiveness of their advertising investment. In addition to its direct sales force, YP products are also made available to small businesses through certified agents and resellers across the country.

Unrivaled Suite of Advertising and Lead Generation Solutions

YP's wide range of print and digital advertising and lead generation products is designed to address the evolving local search needs of consumers and help advertisers grow their businesses. Product elements span both search and display solutions that can be deployed on a subscription or pay-for-performance basis. Complements to YP's foundational solutions include search engine marketing capabilities, video advertising, direct mail initiatives and website development.

About YP Holdings

YP is one of the largest local search, media and advertising companies in North America. The company creates local search and advertising products that encourage consumers to discover and engage with local businesses across online, print and mobile platforms. YP's suite of local offerings include its flagship products, YP Local Ad Network, the popular YPmobile app and The YP Real Yellow Pages®, the largest print directory in the world by advertising revenue., which attracts over 30 million monthly online unique visitors, is also accessed by millions of users each month via the mobile web.

The YPSM Local Ad Network helps advertisers grow their business and distributes ads to a distinguished list of top publishers. YP's wide range of local ad products such as premium listings, performance-based advertising, direct mail and search engine marketing provides advertisers an opportunity to increase their presence among consumers who are looking for a local business. YP's advertising products address the diverse needs of nearly a million local businesses and help drive tens of billions of dollars in local commerce annually.

YP products are backed by one of the industry's largest local advertising sales force made up of several thousand media consultants and other resellers.

Keep tabs on YPSM products by liking "YP" on Facebook: or following @YP on Twitter.

About Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Established in 1992, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., together with its affiliates, is one of the world's leading private investment firms, with approximately $20 billion in capital under management. Through its team of investment and operations professionals, Cerberus specializes in providing both financial resources and operational expertise to help transform undervalued and underperforming companies into industry leaders for long-term success and value creation. Cerberus holds controlling or significant minority interests in companies around the world.


DuPont Litigation mounts as more information is revealed about DuPont’s Teflon Chemical PFOA

The Law Firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC This firm is working hard to uncover the full story of TEFLON – perhaps the biggest mistake the chemical industry ever made…

The Law Firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC
500 Tracy Way
Charleston, WV 25311

Phone: 304.345.5667
Fax: 304.345.1519


DuPont Litigation Page


C8 Science Panel Probable Link Findings

Probable Link Findings, Thyroid Disease, July 30, 2012

Probable Link Findings, Autoimmune Diseases (Ulcerative Colitis, Lupus, Type1 Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis), July 30, 2012

Probable Link Findings, Non-infectious Lung Disease (Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease), July 30, 2012

Probable Link Findings, Common Infections (including Influenza), July 30, 2012

Probable Link Findings, Stroke, July 30, 2012

Probable Link Findings, Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children (including Attention Deficit Disorders and Learning Disabilities), July 30, 2012

Probable Link Findings, Kidney and Testicular Cancer, April 16, 2012

Probable Link Findings, Pregnancy Induced Hypertension, December 5, 2011

Probable Link Findings, Pregnancy Loss, December 5, 2011

Probable Link Findings, Pre-term and Low Birth Weight, December 5, 2011

Probable Link Findings, Birth Defects, December 5, 2011

Check them out… They are the GOOD GUYS.


TVA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt to Speak at Data Center World 2012

Nashville Ideal Location for Premier Industry Event

West Chester, OH – August 30, 2012 – AFCOM, the leading global association for data center professionals, has chosen Nashville, Tennessee for its Data Center World conference, September 30 – October 3.  A hidden gem in the Southeast, Nashville supports a massive data center infrastructure with many Fortune 100 companies located within the area. The region is active with data center and facilities managers, many of whom have been invited to speak on their experiences and best practices operating advanced data centers.  

           A panel including the Data Center domain expert for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Steven Moore and Neale Rath of Deloitte Consulting will be speaking on selection criteria and best practice outcomes with site preparedness.  Other speakers from the Tennessee area include Scott Milliken of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, whose data center currently supports several of the fastest supercomputers in the world; and Peter Woods from Vanderbilt University, whose data center houses many high profile clients.  In addition, the keynote speaker, Winn Schwartau is a resident of Nashville and internationally recognized disaster recovery and security expert.  

        TVA has focused on supporting the data center industry with initiatives for on-site preparedness through its Data Center Initiative program, which is geared toward recruiting data centers into the area. TVA worked with Chicago-based Deloitte Consulting in 2010-2012 to identify and evaluate potential data center sites in the TVA seven-state, 80,000-square mile region.  Lessons learned from TVA’s program and other case studies, real world peer-driven sessions and multiple networking events take center stage at Data Center World.

       "TVA's data center initiative is focused on working with communities to identify and market sites that are ideal locations with secure, reliable power for technology driven companies,” said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development. "We are looking forward to sharing the results of our data center site-preparedness efforts at Data Center World and think the choice of Nashville is ideal for the data center and facilities management industry."  

About Data Center World Conference
           Data Center World is produced by AFCOM (, the leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center professionals around the globe. Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 member data centers and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its bi-annual Data Center World Conferences, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.  For complete list of speakers and education presentation at the conference, visit <>


BIMAdvent provides more than just BIM Content

Headquartered in Las Vegas, BIMAdvent ( provides manufacturers of building products with comprehensive BIM strategies that maximize marketability and improve the experience of Revit users.  BIMAdvent draws upon internal building design, construction and software resources to deliver high quality, relevant content that is accessible and parametrically designed with the specifier in mind.

As any Revit user will agree, a BIM strategy is much more than 3D graphics and a website to post your products.  A BIM strategy requires extensive understanding of the product, the target audience and the specific market.  Some things to think about…

·         How will company representatives communicate with specifiers about the value of their BIM content?

·         What is the product supposed to do? 

·         What systems does the product encounter during specification and installation?  

·         What will the installer encounter during installation? 

·         How do you manage the schedule for the products being specified? 

·         How will the building operator utilize the model after occupancy?

BIMAdvent’s relationships with sister-company JBA Consulting Engineers ( and other major MEP firms provide resources from a variety of disciplines (HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Structured Cabling, Security, etc.).  These resources are utilized to establish relevancy for products prior to modeling.  Once relevancy is established, those same resources are used to create family models that expand the BIM world, sometimes providing innovations never imagined by the Revit user.

BIMAdvent’s software development capabilities include years of Revit integration into major MEP firms and building related product development.  Beyond Revit, BIMAdvent develops cloud-based BIM model configurators that allow contributions by non-Revit users through mobile devices and provides hosting solutions based on your targeted audience.

With access to a pool of RCDDs with over 50 years of experience in the Structured Cabling industry, BIMAdvent has the tools to create winning BIM strategies for Enterprise/Data Center Cabling and Physical Support, Security and Audio/Video product manufacturers.

If you are a manufacturer in need of a BIM strategy or if you are a Revit user in need of quality content from your preferred product provider, contact us today.

Brad Everette, Datacom Consultant

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

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

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, August 2012 – While many love the idea of buying American-made products, many times there’s a catch: ‘Made in the USA may not always be as affordable as ‘Made Somewhere Else.’ With this in mind and in the spirit of the 2012 Olympics, one patriotic eTailer is pulling for the home team by financially supporting the U.S. manufacturing industry: ( This industry-leading online retailer of electrical, telecom/datacom/networking, home theater, cable and wire management products today announced a new initiative making American-made items in its catalog available for the same low price as their foreign-made counterparts. is offering a deal that will both save consumers money and support U.S. industry. Specifically, from now through August 31, 2012, if consumers find a foreign-made product in the company’s Web-based catalog located at, but would like the chance to purchase an American-made alternative at the same low price, they may simply notify of the product for which they’d prefer the domestic alternative, and the company will do the work to locate a comparable Made-in-the-USA item. will also extend a price match should the American-made product cost more than its foreign-manufactured counterpart. It’s as simple as that. Simply contact the company via the instructions at and will do the rest – even if that means picking up the tab for the difference. Go USA!

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

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


The Connectivity Firm (TCF), a leading marketing representative firm, is still expanding territory and services

In 2012, The Connectivity Firm (TCF),  has expanded coverage into the PR and Caribbean markets via San Juan.  Effective immediately TCF has entered the Puerto Rico Territory with their core partner lines such as OCC, Speco, Comtran, and Veracity, just to name a few.   Recently, TCF announced the addition of Angelo Benitez to their team as the area manager.  Angelo is a Puerto Rico Native and revered locally for his knowledge in the commercial and residential markets

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

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

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

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

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

Mission Statement

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

Vision Statement

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

TCF Quick Facts and Goals

• The most consistent product offering and name recognition

• Territory coverage – State of Florida & Puerto Rico

o Well known and respected 6 person team

• Inroads to top revenue producing accounts

• Exceptional attention to leads with prompt feedback

• Respected and professional sales team that:

• Know their territory

• Know their accounts

• Are trained in overcoming objections and cultivating new customers

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

• User seminars and trade show support

• Proven Sales success!

 TCF Leadership Team

Steve Walsh – Firm Partner / Principal -

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

Rick Arnold, RCDD / NTS - Firm Partner / Principal


ALL IN ONE PLACE: People With Solutions, Ideas & Products for Electrical & Datacom Contractors . . . Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2012 - NECA SHOW

WHAT IS IT? The NECA Show (held in conjunction with NECA’s Convention – but the show is open to all)

WHERE? The Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

WHO’S INVITED NECA members are invited to The Convention


Electrical & datacom professionals are invited – FREE – to The Show!

. . . Yes, HOTS reader – this means you!


YOU’LL MEET 275-plus entities are already signed up, including leading manufacturers (Schneider, Siemens) and distributors (Anixter, Graybar, Rexel, GEXPRO) of electrical & datacom products. See updated Exhibitor List:

WHAT’S (1) admission to Show floor Sun. Sept. 30, 11:30 to 5

INCLUDED? (2) Show floor admission Mon., Oct. 1, 11:30 to 4

(3) Tues. Oct. 2 show floor admission: 10:30 to 2:30

(4) Free admission to 17 Technical Workshops (held on the show floor).


ON WHAT? . . . 50-minute sessions on solar, EV charging, submetering + building automation, Lighting Controls, lightning protection, LEDs, construction-specific mobile apps, Induction lighting, digital A/V, jobsite productivity MC cable & much more!

DO IT NOW!!! A. Go to

B. Click on “Click here if you have a Special Admission Code”

C. To get all this for FREE – please enter code HO12

LAST CHANCE until next year…Don’t miss the NECA Convention.


New Credential, Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Conference Mobile Web App Highlight 2012 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition


Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012— BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, hosted the 2012 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition September 16-20 in Anaheim, Calif. Thousands of industry professionals gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center for several days of education, networking, technical presentations and exhibits.

During the Opening General Session on Tuesday morning, BICSI President Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, RTPM, NTS, CISSP, CPP, CDCDP, spoke about BICSI’s newest credential, the Registered Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM). The RTPM was established to support those who oversee and coordinate the interaction between designers, engineers, installers, and technicians when new ITS projects are being developed or are undergoing construction. The first exam for this new credential was also held during the conference.

Bowman also mentioned the release of BICSI’s new Conference Mobile Web App, a mobile version of BICSI’s conference website. By visiting on a smartphone or tablet, conference attendees can access the conference schedule, see a map of the Exhibit Hall, view their conference transcripts, request a conference attendance certificate and more.

“BICSI volunteers and staff take great care to provide the ‘BICSI Experience’ to each and every conference attendee,” Bowman said. “The new Conference Mobile Web App helps to enhance that experience by giving attendees’ quick and easy access to all of their need-to-know conference information throughout the week.”

Following Bowman’s remarks, Ross Shafer, a six-time Emmy Award-winning comedian, writer and TV host, delivered a rousing Opening Keynote presentation. Since 1994, Shafer has turned his energies and enthusiasm toward the corporate and association world. As a lifelong student of human behavior, he has written and produced 14 human resource training films on customer service, motivation and leadership.

“This is my first BICSI conference, and the Opening Keynote Speaker was very informative and entertaining,” said Carey Crowder, RCDD, of Chrysler Group, LLC, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. “He provided us with a point of view from an outsider’s perspective of our industry. I’ve liked the setup of all the educational opportunities here, and I’m looking forward to what tomorrow has to offer.”

The Opening General Session continued with presentations on green data center cabling; updating TIA® and ISO data center standards to reflect industry changes; the new wireless utility at Scripps Health; the emergence of lighting as a low-voltage network application; and a government relations update.

The quality of the conference was praised by attendees. “These are the industry’s top events! The BICSI conferences are always great places to learn about new ITS products and emerging technologies,” said Ron Cauchi of Ewing-Foley, Incorporated, in Cupertino, Calif.

On Sunday evening, President Bowman, BICSI Executive Director & CEO John D. Clark, Jr., CAE, and BICSI Exhibitor Liaison Committee Chair Kurt Templeman, RCDD, held a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony to signal the opening of the Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall offers attendees the opportunity to explore the booths of more than 130 exhibitors and receive information on products and services that will benefit attendees in their careers.

Anaheim’s been a blast,” said Kevin Kearney, RCDD, NTS, of Quiktron in Albia, Iowa. “We’re getting great leads for our classroom AV products. We have been exhibiting at BICSI Conference for at least 15 years and have always loved it. It’s our sweet spot.”

Throughout the conference, more than 20 educational sessions were featured, including the two closing general session technical presentations on Thursday, September 20: “When Networks Meet — New Business Opportunities in the Cloud,” by Steve Van Till of Brivo System, LLC, in Bethesda, Maryland; and “Helping the A/E Team Understand Information Transport System Design Needs,” by William Todd, RCDD, OSP, of DataCom Design Group in Houston, Texas.

The Closing Keynote Presentation was given by Jim Abbott. Born without a right hand, Abbott rose to athlete stardom with the New York Yankees by throwing one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major league history. His motivational sports stories of how he overcame adversity, as well as anecdotes from his career as a professional baseball pitcher, sent a powerful and inspirational message to the audience.

Overall, the Fall Conference was well received by enthusiastic conference attendees. “For the past 25 years, my experiences at BICSI conferences seem to get better and better. This conference, like all of them, is highly educational and is helping to expand and improve my career,” said Manuel Gaitan, RCDD, of AT&T in Gardena, Calif.

Dave Newcomb of ComDangles in San Jose, Calif., saw great results by being a conference exhibitor. “We’re a start-up [company], and this is our third BICSI conference. BICSI’s proven to be our best single source for new business. Each time, we pick up more end users and distributors.”

Throughout the conference, BICSI Cares, BICSI’s charitable arm that supports children’s charities, collected donations from attendees. All funds collected were presented to the Erika Kate Foundation, a charity that helps to ease the emotional and spiritual burdens felt by parents of children with life-threatening heart disease, and to provide short-term financial support.

President Bowman brought the conference to a close Thursday, thanking everyone for attending and announcing the dates for BICSI’s 40th anniversary conference—the 2013 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition. The Winter Conference will be held January 20-24, 2013, in Tampa, Fla.

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

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

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.



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