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Issue: September 2013
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


Bisbee’s Buzz

The elephant in the middle of the table is safety.

RoHS is not a requirement in the GOOD OLD USA, nor is LSZH. The EU got it right. It's about TOXIC PLASTICS. LSZH and RoHS should be our code and standard. FIX THE BIG PROBLEM first. Outlaw the HAZMAT and TEST for TOXIC GASSES.

RE: 9-11 REVISITED = One World Trade Center Cable Spec raises toxic exposure issues for occupants?

PFIB is about ten times more toxic than phosgene, a highly toxic corrosive gas also listed as a chemical weapon. FEP (Trade name: DuPont Teflon® FEP) outgasses a host of very nasty toxic gasses under heat decomposition. TEST FOR THAT or don't waste our time.

Cabling - What you don't know can kill you.
For the past 30 years, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has not addressed the toxicity issue in the development of the updated National Electrical Code. We have the technology to monitor for toxic gases and activate safety systems in the indoor air systems to protect the building occupants. This important step towards safety may not happen until the NEC recognizes the toxic properties of the materials that are allowed in the building air systems. Awareness is a critical first step to safety in the (electrical) workplace. NEC2014 still no toxic testing…Why not?

And, please never text while driving. It’s deadly too.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

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Article from ECMAG.com - How Do We Prepare For Tomorrow’s Needs Today?

By Frank Bisbee

The Copper cabling industry has made thousands of major product changes and improvements in the past 100 years. Most of those changes began a rapid evolution in the 80’s and 90’s but have slowed substantially in the past decade. The change in the pace of development in copper cabling technology is driven by two major pressures.

First, copper cable markets are still growing but at a considerably slower rate than the overall cabling market. Fiber optic cabling is growing at a much faster rate in the USA and worldwide because the technology is better suited to meets the incredible appetite for speed, distance and bandwidth. Fiber optic cabling has completely eclipsed the copper cable choice for the “long lines” and even into the residential and commercial concentrated locations.

Fiber is rewriting the rules for other business sectors.  The old adage of the Real estate world was: Location, Location, Location.  James Carlini, a communications industry guru and the Da Vinci of the Intelligent Building Movement reminds us that today the CRE Commercial Real Estate world is changing the tune to “Location, Location, Connectivity.” CRE organizations (BOMA – Building Owners & Managers Association www.boma.org) are emphasizing building connectivity, automation, and environmental improvements as part of the competitive edge. Ron Zimmer, President and CEO of CABA – Continental Automated Buildings Association (www.caba.org ) told us that CRE “managers no longer rents just space”.  Ron added “Today they (the building owners) offer enhanced productivity. That’s the new competitive edge.”

It’s not just about “telecommunications’ anymore. NECA – National Electrical Contractors Association (www.necanet.org) will be hosting the NECA 2013 annual convention and show in Washington DC from October 11 – 15, 2013 (www.necaconvention.org) This event is the show for those who power and shape our world.  Even the casual industry observer will be impressed by the shift of the electrical contractor sector to add the integrated systems to their quiver of capabilities in over 96.2% of their ranks. John Maisel, Publisher of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine (www.ecmag.com ) said their market studies confirm the merger of high voltage and low-voltage offerings in a new hybrid Integrated Systems Contractor. “This new business model shows that those contractors build the systems then continue to monitor, adjust and service the systems. As the new systems evolve and integrate; the upgrades and improvements can be seamless, smooth, and cost-effective.”

Secondly, the Research and Development investment funds are withdrawing from the copper cabling manufacturing industry and redirecting into the fiber optic cabling sector. The FO cable sector is the underpinning of the wireless network as well as the end-user defined LAN requirements. The incredible demand growth of the wireless networks WANs has been the front page story for almost a decade. The rapid acceptance of the iPhone and other smartphone offerings has put smiles on many investors in the technology sector. In September 2013, huge crowds swarm the Apple outlets anxious to get their hands on the newest iPhone5. Carriers continue to benefit from smartphone adoption. Two years ago this month, AT&T crossed the 100-million wireless subscriber mark.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

The iPhone has become a big business for Apple, with the company selling over 35 million phones and taking in $22.69 billion in iPhone revenue over the last three months. But it’s also bringing in new customers for the wireless carriers that have partnered with Apple to offer the iPhone.

That’s the conclusion one draws, anyhow, after getting a glimpse at the latest quarterly reports for U.S. wireless companies. Sprint was the latest to tout its iPhone success, revealing that it had activated 1.5 million iPhones when it announced the Sprint quarterly earnings in mid-September.

Sprint’s announcement follows earlier reports from AT&T and Verizon, the other national iPhone carriers in the U.S. Earlier, AT&T had announced 4.3 million iPhone activations during the first quarter. Verizon said it activated 3.2 million iPhones during the first three months of 2012.

Both AT&T and Verizon saw increases in the number of iPhones activations from the year-ago quarter. In the first three months of 2011, AT&T activated 3.6 million iPhones while Verizon activated 2.2 million in its first quarter as an iPhone carrier.

Impressive as those tallies are, digging a little deeper into the numbers reveals how important the iPhone is to each of the three carriers.

·         Twenty-one percent of AT&T’s 4.3 million iPhone activations were new subscribers to the company, suggesting the iPhone is a main source of the company’s growth. The iPhone does account for 78 percent of the smartphones AT&T sells.

·         As for Sprint, which only began offering the iPhone last October, 44 percent of the 1.5 million iPhones it activated this past quarter went to new customers. The 600,000 new users the iPhone brought in represented more than half of Sprint’s overall increase of 1.1 million wireless customers.

·         On the same call where Verizon said it sold 3.2 million iPhones, the company also announced it sold 6.3 million smartphones overall. In other words, the iPhone made up more than half of Verizon’s smartphone sales.

·         The popularity of Apple’s phone does come with a cost for carriers. Each of the companies subsidizes the cost of the iPhone, taking a short-term loss on the cost of the device in exchange for profits over the course of a typical two-year service contract. Sprint reported Wednesday that its subsidy fees had increased by a half-billion dollars over a year ago—from $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion—thanks mostly to iPhone sales. The device, the company said in its earnings report, “on average carries a higher subsidy rate per handset as compared to other handsets.”

·         But the increased costs come with increased sales. Sprint wasn’t selling the iPhone a year ago, but the first quarter Apple phone sales represented an 700,000-unit increase over AT&T 2011 results, and a million-iPhone jump from Verizon’s year-ago sales.

The FO cable sector is the underpinning of the wireless network. The backhaul to the wired world doesn’t happen by magic. With this level of continued growth, investors will likely keep the dollars focused of R&D and growth investments in the fiber optic cabling opportunity.

FIBER OPTIC CABLING is the highway for the information age

Transmission speeds are increasing to levels that were only science fiction a few years ago. The communications industry is wrestling with establishing fiber optic design standard operating procedures as we tackle new bandwidth demands.

If the costs are relatively equal, are you going to build a two lane road or a super highway?” Larry Johnson, Director and Founder of The Light Brigade www.lightbrigade.com.

The Light Brigade, the world's leading fiber optic training company, was founded in September 1986 to provide a growing population of fiber-optic end users in the Pacific Northwest expertise with the technology. The name "The Light Brigade" evolved from the concept of a group of specialists that could be called upon to assist clients with their fiber-optic needs and to serve as an engineering and installation consulting company. By the 1990s demand for training had grown, so the company minimized its contractor services, although high-level design and installation projects continued in order to acquire expertise for classroom applications. Over the last two decades, the company has trained more than 50,000 people from a wide variety of industries. The company is internationally recognized and is often invited to conduct short courses and to coordinate fiber-related special events at conferences around the world, including the annual Optical Fiber Conference, Outside Plant Expo, European Conference for Optical Communication, and many others.

FTTH – Fiber To The Home is an established industry goal for bringing the dazzling information highway to the populace. As the fiber-optic industry rebounds from the depressing economic conditions, the need for training will grow. The Light Brigade, like many other industry leaders and associations, is positioned to be a catalyst in this rapidly evolving field. CABA, BICSI, AFCOM, NECA, NAED, FOA, FTTH, and AIA, will continue to help The LIGHT BRIGADE and the communications industry advance… at the speed of light! (Don’t miss the newsletter from The FIBER OPTIC ASSOCIATION headed up by Jim Hayes, President. www.thefoa.org).

A quiet revolution in broadband is underway.  Across North America, a rapidly growing number of households are connecting directly into fiber optic networks, and thereby tapping into a new generation of high-bandwidth applications and services.  Fiber to the home networks now pass more than 20 percent of the homes on the continent, with much more than five million households now receiving Internet, telephone and/or cable television services on direct fiber connections.  Now in its eleventh year, The Fiber-to-the-Home Council is a non-profit association consisting of providers of FTTH services and other companies, involved in planning and building FTTH networks.

The Council is where members come together to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. The mission is to educate the public about FTTH solutions and to promote the deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.

Join FTTH as we take fiber further into the future -- with Internet speeds capable of exceeding hundreds of megabits per second for both downloading and uploading information.  Be amazed at how high we can take high-definition television -- and at the spectacular 3-D TV services that are now in development.  Explore the world of telemedicine, telecommuting and the cloud computing applications that are already revolutionizing the way people live and work.  This is the world made possible by end-to-end fiber connections, delivered to your home by members of the Fiber-to-the-Home Council. www.ftthcouncil.org

Connectivity and Distribution

We scoured the market for the best products being used by the carriers to support their multi-billion dollar revenue generating fiber optic cabling networks. A relatively new company in Austin, Texas emerged as having one of the best and most unique products anywhere in the fiber optic cabling connectivity world. Megladon Manufacturing with the patented unique and ultra-durable termination - the HLC® SCRATCHGUARD™ continues to win over the carriers’ network managers.

Megladon Manufacturing (www.megladonmfg.com ) has a growing product line to support the carriers and the integrated systems contractor.  They have numerous configurations of LGX Fiber Distribution Panels to compliment Megladon Manufacturing patented HLC® SCRATCHGUARD™ patch cords and trunk cables. Also in the new expanding product line is a full suite of cable management products including fanning panels, storage and combination shelves.

By incorporating HLC SCRATCHGUARD patch cords and trunk cables into the distribution product line, Megladon is able to deliver the most robust turnkey solutions of any company in the marketplace. These solutions can be shipped pre-tested and pre-populated for installation time-savings and increased network performance. Megladon has experience in making complex fiber networks simple, and the versatile LGX Fiber Distribution System products create value within their customer's networks.

"The addition of numerous configurations of fiber distribution products is exciting and allows Megladon to diversify our product portfolio. Being able to offer turnkey solutions with our HLC® cables assemblies increases our value to the marketplace", stated Daniel Hogberg, RCDD - Product Group Manager at Megladon Manufacturing. He continued, "A mated pair of matched HLC connectors at the distribution panel provides the highest level of performance in a fiber optic network."

Why is the ScratchGuard™ technology a big value in this new product? This patented new technology really delivers Durability and Dependability. For example we found out that the ScratchGuard technology has already made a big impact on portable fiber optic testing performance. www.megladonmfg.com

Incredible but true: Test results showed that over 1000 insertions of the Megladon Scratch Guard™ Fiber Optic test cables used on the Fluke Networks amazing DTX CableAnalyzer™ showed virtually no degradation or scratching. www.megladonmfg.com www.flukenetworks.com

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

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

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

ONE WORD: FIBER

Way back in 1967 in the movie The Graduate, one of the most memorable quotes of movie lore emerged. 100 Movie Quotes is a list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. Number 42 comes to us from The Graduate - about Ben, a recent college graduate who is talented but aimless… You may recall the famous scene from the 1967 film "The Graduate" in which "Mr. McGuire," a family friend, tells young Ben Braddock the secret of future economic success. He pulls the new college graduate aside and conspiratorially whispers in his ear just one word: "Plastics."

ONE WORD: PLASTICS.

That was then and this is now…in 2013, I have one word: FIBER.

In summary, whether you are an investor or a consumer, the smart money is on fiber optic cabling.

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

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Reprinted with permission from the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine. http://www.ecmag.com 

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine serves the field of electrical construction, including inside, line work, lighting, maintenance, control, electrical work, voice/data systems, security, fire and life safety, fiber optics, home and building automation systems, integrated building systems applications and others applicable to the field. The magazine is part of the National Electrical Contractors Association, but serves the entire electrical construction industry. The 85,000+ readers include business owners, partners, presidents, engineers, estimators, purchasing agents, project managers, supervisors, foremen, electricians and others.

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine is the Official Publication of the National Electrical Contractors Association. (NECA) ECmag.com is the fastest growing and most visited site by electrical contractors in the industry and offers the broadest array of digital information available, all of which is fully searchable with archives going back to 2000. ECmag.com contains videos, webinars, white papers and a whole lot more. –

See more at: http://www.ecmag.com/about-us#sthash.Q42IYU0d.dpuf

http://www.neca.org

The expanding role of the National Electrical Contractors Association. (NECA) now encompasses the entire scope of the Integrated Systems Contractors. 

POWER – LIGHTING - CONTROLS – COMMUNICATIONS – SAFETY/SECURITY

And more…

 

ShoreTel UC Solutions and Applications Provide Reliability and Efficiency for Leading Law Firms

Offerings on Display at ILTA Conference August 19-22

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/-- ShoreTel® (SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications systems including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, is continuing to meet the complex needs of the law industry with more than 1,000 legal firm customers worldwide. As a member and sponsor, ShoreTel is showcasing its solutions in booth 543 at the International Lawyers Technology Association (ILTA), today through August 22 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.

ShoreTel offers unified communications (UC) systems that provide exceptional reliability, ease-of-use and management, a low total cost of ownership, and integration with legal services software to facilitate convenient and accurate processes. Specifically, with ShoreTel LexisNexis Time Matters Integration Application, customers have automated access to client records and creation of phone records based on phone number matches, embedded 'click to call' support and more. The ShoreTel Cost Recovery Integration Application combines the ShoreTel VoIP phone system with legal and professional services accounting software, such as Equitrac and Copitrak, to facilitate convenient and accurate telephone time tracking and billing.

"ShoreTel's comprehensive UC offerings and integrated legal applications enable our law industry customers to gain a competitive edge while ensuring they exceed customer expectations," said David Petts, senior VP of worldwide sales at ShoreTel.

"We selected ShoreTel because it was easy to implement and maintain and was the most reasonably priced of all the options," said Stephen Moss, systems administrator at Brownlee LLP in Canada. "Not only has ShoreTel saved us time and money on our initial purchase, but ShoreTel Communicator has helped improve the productivity of our lawyers and staff by simplifying searching for contacts, making calls, extension dialing, exporting voice messages for transcription, transferring calls and allowing employees to customize their own phone settings. When it comes to total cost of ownership ShoreTel has exceeded our expectations."

Here's what other leading legal firms have to say about ShoreTel solutions:        

  • "In the end, we chose ShoreTel technology for several key reasons. First, the N+1 redundancy model provides the uptime guarantee that is critical to a law firm, without the cap- and op-ex expenditures associated to the competitions' mirrored-system approaches. Second, administration and maintenance of the system is straight forward, and can be handled by engineers who aren't otherwise involved in telephony. Finally, the communicator software and the mobility platform are both elegant solutions and they have already added to our attorneys' productivity, and to their service of the firm's clients." –Joe Craven, CIO, Dow Lohnes
  • "As the organization has grown, our equipment did not grow with it. This resulted in costly and time consuming maintenance. ShoreTel was a natural choice, as it's best suited to a cloud-based service. The ability to integrate it with Microsoft Outlook allows voicemail from clients to be synchronized to mobile devices via email." –Dean Mostert, IT director, Stephens Scown (UK)
  • "One of the key drivers for the ShoreTel system was the simplicity of the architecture—so it wasn't a complex thing to put in place—and also how readily available and how quick to implement it was in our two offices. We were almost tripping over ourselves with the speed at which it got implemented." –Jason Wild, operations director, Bell Gully (New Zealand)

In addition, ShoreTel's roster of U.S. customers includes those named to the American Lawyer 200 list: Burr & Forman; Holland & Hart; Jackson Lewis; Jackson Walker; Luce Forward; Stevens & Lee; and Sullivan & Worcester.

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

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

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

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

ShoreTel places Customer Service as Job Number One, and 2,3,4,5,6,7.8.9….

 

Article from CNS Magazine

Article from CNS Magazine - Installer update 2013

The most successful installers are learning to master multiple aspects of the cabling spectrum, from design and installation to troubleshooting and certification.

By Denise Deveau

The old adage “what goes around comes around” is something that could be applied to the world of cabling installation.

At least that is what Alex Smith, president of Connectivitywerx in Markham, Ont. believes. “In a way the cabling installation industry is coming full circle. In the 1970s and 1980s it was highly specialized with very few people in the field.”

As he explains, things became more simplified with the advent of UTP cabling in the late 1980s, at which point a number of players got into the cabling business. However, with the moves to convergence, wireless, IP-enabled devices, and gigabit Ethernet, the industry is once again on the hunt for highly specialized expertise.

It seems that the most successful installers are learning to master multiple aspects of the cabling spectrum, from design and installation to troubleshooting and certification. Depending on the industry, a full service cabling, design and installation company must have special training, tools and skills, Smith says. “The ramifications of poor installation practices today mean a company just cannot operate. The sophistication today is extraordinary compared to what it used to be. And the complexities are only going to increase.”

The new tipping point is Gigabit Ethernet, Smith believes. “We are seeing older systems falling down at that point. Once you get into 10 GbE, systems are less forgiving when it comes to product quality and design.

“It is not as simple as running a cable from A to B anymore. Cable installers need to be up to date on the latest standards and technologies or they will get left behind.”

So what does that really mean for installers these days? Below are what some industry experts had to say about the present and future of cabling installation.

IP and more

With the proliferation of IP-enabled devices from telephony and building automation to access and security systems, there is more pressure for installers to get things right the first time, since the fallout of a poor infrastructure is greater than ever. It is in an installer’s best interest to at least have a working knowledge of how things connect and be up to speed on the latest product and installation practices.

“The biggest driver is the changing of the edge devices,” contends Stephen Foster, managing director of ICT for EllisDon Corp. in Toronto. “For structured cabling installers the last 25 years have been all about voice and data. That world has drastically changed. Now they have to be conversant in everything — lighting, security, electronic door locks, metering and blinds systems, a/v and digital signage.”

In the construction world, a key to a successful migration is the knowledge transfer from electrician and controls contractor and vice versa, Foster says. “There has to be a groundswell of collaborating and sharing information at the scope of the work changes. Trades for their part need to learn from cablers. It has to come together and be organic.”

When it comes to understanding the inner workings of cabling, Valerie Maguire, director of standards and technology at The Siemon Company, says she is intrigued by the awareness required on the part of installers. “It is not just that copper is more sensitive and optical fiber is more complex. It is more about the fact that there are more opportunities to install things incorrectly because of all the additional parameters.”

Quality counts

With the increased demands on all things cabling, quality of installation is more critical than ever, says Rob Stevenson, project manager with Guild Electric Ltd. in Toronto. “The main things in terms of installing and terminating and testing are similar to what they have always been. But there is a lot more importance attached to making sure things are being done properly and manufacturers’ recommendations are followed in order to maintain the headroom required to handle the systems people want. Attention to detail is important.”

There was a time when installers could get away with a lot more “shoddy” practices, he adds, “but today if you are not watching your bend radiuses, untwisting conductors, etc. you can run into problems you do not see on slower speed systems.”

The major growth in data centres is bringing additional challenges. For example, people are having to split off fiber signals to replicate or assess quality of data, Stevenson explains. “This introduces a lot more complexity into the system and burden on cable performance. If you have installers that do not understand what that technology is doing, it will be difficult for them to troubleshoot and understand those problems.”

Henry Franc,  premises specialist (data centres) with Belden and chair of the TIA TR42.3 engineering subcommittee, believes there are two levels of convergence posing challenges to installers today. The first is operational convergence in which cablers must take into account the proper integration of power, density, cooling and cable management. “You do not want to install perfect fiber into the core switch without talking air flow. It is not just about bits and bytes anymore.”

There is also convergence on the systems side, which is an issue that reared its head in the early days of voice and data where some tough lessons were learned. “Every day there are more and more IP-addressable devices on networks, from plumbing and lighting to controls and security. Video sound security guys have been putting on coax connectors for 20 years. Now they are being asked to translate those to fiber optic or RJ45 connectors. Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know; and all of these new system types, can fall prey to sub-par techniques.”

Whereas the lowest price was once the driver behind customers’ cabling services decisions, they are much more educated today on related issues such as reducing footprint, heating and electrical ramifications and green technologies, says Rick Boyd, general manager for Marcomm (Toronto) Inc. in Concord, Ont. “In the data centre space for example, technology is extremely concentrated, making it so much more important to have proper pathways, to ensure cables are dressed in properly and to minimize the space being used. That means more training and foresight in data centre installation planning.”

The wireless conundrum

When presenting at conferences, Tony Fortunato, senior network performance specialist with The Technology Firm based in Georgetown, Ont., says cabling installers are asking a lot of questions these days about Wi-Fi. “It is becoming something new for them. Typically they provided wire to plug in and off they go. But a lot of cabling guys are not familiar with wireless technology and the issues around it. Sometimes they are blamed for poor performance when it has nothing to do with them. In some cases they are having to learn how to do things all over again.”

To that end, it makes sense to learn the ways wireless does not work well and how to find it. “There are a whole lot of new things involved they didn’t have to do with wire, like channel planning.”

At the same time, cabling contractors can view this new direction as an opportunity to actively promote their services and create more credibility with customers. “When pulling wire, it would be easy to ask the customer if they would like you add access points,” Fortunato says. “You want to be a plug and play kind of person. The good news is, it is a relatively short learning curve. 

With the proliferation of complexities, keeping up with specs is becoming an increasingly challenging task. For the most part there continues to be a lot of confusion around testing and certification, Fortunato believes. “This is a huge issue for installers. A lot do not know the difference and think test tools are certifying cabling, but that is rarely the case. That is becoming an even bigger concern now. If you start overlaying power over Ethernet or higher speed networks, a test tool might tell you that Cat6 cabling is good enough. If you run a certification test, it could fail.”

Being aware of what is going on around you is essential, Boyd says. “You can’t plug into any plug. There is a lot more potential liability and downside that can happen. And you can no longer get away with testing only 10% of cables. Now every single one must be tested and certified to meet manufacturer product quality guarantees. At least there are tools that are more efficient and can test cables in two to three seconds.”

As part of the growing pressure to keep installations up to speed based on manufacturers’ guidelines, it is especially important for installers to cycle through courses every two years to keep up with certification requirements, he adds.

So what is a cabling professional to make of all this? Anyone wanting to survive and compete in the industry will need to be vigilant in pursuing education and certification training opportunities, even in areas they may not have considered before.

A combined knowledge will mean opportunities for increased revenues, since education level requirements will demand higher salaries, Foster says. “Cablers value will raise as they work to become communication workers. They should be challenging themselves to learn about these systems, because it is coming.”

Maguire also recommends training on “sub-levels” of expertise, such as administration (labeling patch panels, organization and record keeping), grounding and bonding for equipment protection, data centre topologies and fabrics, or finishing off cabling in conduits and air handling spaces (firestopping). “There are always ways to supplement your skills and differentiate yourself professionally. That knowledge can be a competitive differentiator.”

This also holds true for IP adoption, power over Ethernet and intelligent building concepts, Stevenson says. “Installers have to understand the big picture and how other things are being brought into the sphere of cabling systems. Right now, people are trying to understand how to make that knowledge sharing happen. But the onus is on installers to find it.”

Franc contends that the profession needs to be treated seriously. “In the good old days anyone with a screwdriver could screw down a terminal jack and have things work,” he says.

“Today’s technician has to be a skilled craftsman. The successful ones are those who keep on top of things. If they do not, natural selection will take care of the problem. We all need to learn more and do better.”  CNS

Denise Deveau is a Toronto-based freelance writer.
She can be reached at denise@denised.com.

Reprinted with permission from CNS Magazine – Canada’s leading publication for structured cabling, networking and telecom.

Cabling Networking Systems - CNS Magazine is published six times a year for over 11000 professionals across Canada.

CNS magazine covers the latest trends and issues for structured cabling, networking and telecom professionals across Canada and the USA.

The Challenge: Cabling, Networking, and Telecom Technologies are rapidly changing. Interoperability and compatibility challenges all of the industry’s engineers, designers, contractors, and installers to stay current and follow the trends as they evolve.

The Answer: Cabling Networking Systems - CNS Magazine www.cnsmagazine.com

 

Article from CNS Magazine - Mistakes in testing will cut into the profits

“With things getting more complex comes the opportunity to make mistakes,” says Jason Wilber, vice president and general manager for Fluke Networks in Seattle, Wash. “Technicians do not just complete one job and move on to the next in a linear, orderly fashion. Some installers are managing five, 10 or 20 projects at one time and half of those may be in the testing phase at any given time.”

They also have to work with multiple cabling infrastructures (copper, fiber, wireless), industry standards (TIA, ISO, etc.), and test tools and reporting instruments. Not to mention an unprecedented number of complex measurements and parameters (e.g. for copper: near end and far end crosstalk, return loss, insertion loss, alien crosstalk; for fiber: loss budgets, light launch conditions, etc.).

A March 2013 Fluke Network survey conducted before the launch of its new Versiv cabling certification product, revealed just how much mistakes in testing can cost in terms of labour and profitability. The report is based on data from 803 respondents globally that had installed 1,000 links.

Below are some highlights:

• The top problem by a wide margin was copper and fiber cables were tested with the wrong limits and had to be retested

• The #2 problem was cable IDs in reports not matching the specifications, requiring manual editing, closely followed by test results stored in multiple testers which took time to find.

• Overall, the average time spent on issues per 1,000 links was 47 job hours. Based on an average labour rate of US$45 an hour, average costs wasted per month per contractor was US$2,529 or US$30,348 annually.

Reprinted with permission from CNS Magazine – Canada’s leading publication for structured cabling, networking and telecom.

Cabling Networking Systems - CNS Magazine is published six times a year for over 11000 professionals across Canada.

CNS magazine covers the latest trends and issues for structured cabling, networking and telecom professionals across Canada and the USA.

The Challenge: Cabling, Networking, and Telecom Technologies are rapidly changing. Interoperability and compatibility challenges all of the industry’s engineers, designers, contractors, and installers to stay current and follow the trends as they evolve.

The Answer: Cabling Networking Systems - CNS Magazine www.cnsmagazine.com

 

Article from CNS Magazine - Cloud Services And Small Business Embracing A Cloud-Based Model Allows Flexibility And Mobility To Support A Business Plan

By Kellie J. Orr

Many BICSI members are small business owners or are interested in making a transition to owning their own business. Cloud computing is becoming the engine that brings those businesses many of the enterprise level tools that, until recently, have only been available to the large publically traded companies. Previously, the cost of these tools that large firms take for granted would require a team of information technology (IT) personnel and an allocation of valuable real estate in their office for on-site servers.

Small business owners have to wear many hats. Not only do they have to learn the business aspects of a small business, they often become the chief technology officer, accountant, loan shark, etc. This requires them to complete a parallel process of developing their business plan and IT implementation plan.

Owners of small businesses need to deploy tools at company launch for a reasonable price. Because BICSI members and credential holders have the knowledge to assist customers with their technology purchases, it is often hard not to select products for your business that may not fall within your technology budget.

Instead, one might first look at the tools available within your budget that can compete with larger firms. Compile a list of the necessary applications your business will need, and it may become apparent that an outright purchase of these tools is out of the question.

A small business server or robust network attached storage (NAS) could be deployed to provide e-mail, storage, versioning and backups; however, embracing a cloud-based model allows flexibility and mobility to support a business plan that involves working on projects located in different areas of the country and internationally.

For a nominal monthly charge, you can get hosted e-mail, a Microsoft Office 2013 subscription, Web site hosting, online meeting capabilities, file sharing and video collaboration.

There are plenty of cloud-based file-sharing services available for your business, as well. It is important to standardize on one that could grow with you, reduce the complexity of multiple platforms and offer the maximum bang for your buck.

In the beginning, try free services such as Dropbox, Box, SugarSync, YouSendIt, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, etc. Once you find the one that works for your business and storage requirements, plan to only use that service.

One of the limitations of some corporate-based e-mail servers is restrictions set by IT policies, which limit the size of incoming e-mails. This is quite common in large enterprise clients. One solution to this is to employ cloud-based file-sharing services that include corporate branding and a branded download site.

This is the easiest way to ensure the temporary file is deleted when it is no longer required, and many of these services offer notification of delivery and download.

You may also need a professional timekeeping, estimating and invoicing solution. There are a number of cloud-based and on-site solutions to consider, as some large firm solutions are expensive and require on-site servers. Easy-to-use programs such as Harvest integrate into on-site accounting programs and come with great smartphone apps.

A business telephone system could be out of the reach of your budget. A cloud-based private branch exchange (PBX) can give you the features you need at a cost you can afford.

The monthly cost per desktop VoIP phone is competitive to analogue offerings and allows for flexibility of adding phones as you grow or connecting your phones to an on-site business telephone system down the road. It also allows for deploying phones anywhere in the world to make cost-effective calls. It is a good idea to use local network routers and switches that support quality of service (QoS).

You will still need to have a reliable on-site file storage server, and a private cloud solution. Residential or Windows-based servers may not be viable for small businesses.

Instead, look at something like Synology NAS, which can support many redundant array of independent disks (RAID) versions and off-site backup. It is amazing the number of robust features and enterprise-level features you can get with a NAS. You can also look at cloud backup services; however, right now, the monthly cost of this feature can be prohibitive. It might be more cost-effective to purchase external hard drives for this purpose.

Set a budget in your business plan by embracing the cloud where it makes sense. By doing so, you can stay well within a minimal per-person budget to provide the present and future tools you need to expand and grow your business.  CNS

Kellie J. Orr, CD, CET, RCDD, CTS is president and CEO of HDK Consulting Inc., a Winnipeg-based engineering firm and BICSI Assistant Canadian Region Director. He can be reached at kellie.orr@hdkconsulting.com or via LinkedIn.

Reprinted with permission from CNS Magazine – Canada’s leading publication for structured cabling, networking and telecom.

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Article from CNS Magazine - Another action-packed Canadian Telecom Summit

By Paul Barker – Editor – CNS Magazine

Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) says Canadian must be at the “heart” of their communication system.

Speaking at the 2013 Canadian Telecom Summit held in Toronto in early June, Blais outlined his vision for a new type of convergence that is both client-centric and Canadian-centric.

His speech, which came one day after the commission issued a wireless code designed to “empower consumers and help them make informed choices about the service options that best meet their needs,” outlined how that will come about.

“Your products and services have become an extension of our jobs, our families, even our personalities,” said Blais. “That is why fostering a more dynamic marketplace is fundamental to the public interest.

“We are instituting new standards for wireless contract obligations. Some of you already meet some of these standards. That’s a good thing, but we at the Commission have to be concerned about all Canadians where they live.”

The new code states that the amortization period for cell phones will be limited to two years, providers will not be able to unilaterally change key contract terms and customers must be given the opportunity to accept or decline those key changes.

“Right now many Canadians feel trapped in arrangement they can’t refuse,” Blais said. “Going forward (they) will receive offers they can refuse. Wireless service providers will have to let Canadians freely choose them.

“Beyond the breakneck rate of technological innovation that drives your sector, responding to the constantly-changing needs of Canadians should be front and centre in your thinking as you define your place in the digital world.”

On the opening day of the Telecom Summit, innovation and how the telecommunications industry is changing was the focal part of a presentation from Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson, who delivered a speech via satellite from the company’s head office in Stockholm, Sweden.

“We are in the fifth technology revolution,” said Vestberg. “We expect that by 2018 over 90% of the world’s population will have mobile coverage.”

In addition, all industries, he said are looking at how best to use mobility, broadband and connectivity.

On the day that Vestberg spoke to delegates the firm released the latest findings of its quarterly Mobility Report, which showed the number of mobile subscriptions grew by an estimated 8%.

And while at the end of the Q1 2013 total mobile subscription exceeded 6.4 billion, Vestberg said by the end of 2018, they are expected to reach 9.1 billion.

According to Douglas Gilstrap, senior vice president and head of strategy at Ericsson, LTE services will be available to about 60% of the world’s population within the next five years: “We expect LTE subscriptions to exceed one billion in 2017, driven by more capable devices and demand for data-intensive services such as video. Owing to the build out of WCMA/HSPA, network speeds have improved and so has the user experience.”

Video, according to the report, makes up largest segment of data traffic in networks and is expected to grow around 60% annually up until the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, Tony Ciciretto, president of Cogeco Data Services, spoke about using IT as an enabler to “push ahead with new ideas, new opportunities and new business models for ourselves and for our customers.

“If we want to lead in a digital world, we need to transform our industry and keep performing and growing without having to slow down. We need to be able to build constant change into what we do and learn how to accelerate the right way”

Organizations, he warned, need to focus on what they are good at, but also get much savvier in their use of technology.

“The new reality is that there is an unstoppable convergence of IT and overall business strategy. Executives must understand the impact of technology on their business, and ignore it at their peril.”

An example of that, Ciciretto added, is the growing dependence of organization of every size with cloud computing and other managed services.

“The cloud, combined with first-class connectivity, gives small and mid-sized business access to high-performance technologies that historically have been out of reach except for the largest companies,” he said. “That is great news especially for an economy like Canada that is dependent on the dynamism and entrepreneurship of small and mid-market companies.

“There is a reason why Summit organizers Mark Goldberg and Michael Some this year made ‘our place in the digital world’ the theme. My question is if we have to seek a place can we accept that it’s a place with ambiguous and indefinite boundaries. And that maybe as an industry, it’s OK to be nomads for a while and that we may settle in different places in the end. In the end, it’s not about seeking a place, it’s about seeking growth.”

Reprinted with permission from CNS Magazine – Canada’s leading publication for structured cabling, networking and telecom.

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CNS magazine covers the latest trends and issues for structured cabling, networking and telecom professionals across Canada and the USA.

The Challenge: Cabling, Networking, and Telecom Technologies are rapidly changing. Interoperability and compatibility challenges all of the industry’s engineers, designers, contractors, and installers to stay current and follow the trends as they evolve.

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Technical Sessions, Charity Presentation, Award-Winning Keynote Speaker Close 2013 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition

Las Vegas, Nev., September 20, 2013— BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, ended its 2013 BICSI Fall Conference and Exhibition Thursday morning. During the five-day event, more than 3,800 attendees took in knowledge via technical sessions, visited booths in the exhibit hall and enjoyed presentations from speakers. SEE YOU IN ORLANDO IN FEBRUARY 2014.

During the conference there were two and a half days packed with educational sessions, including the two closing general session technical presentations on Thursday, September 19: “Implementing Projects in the ITS Industry—Project Management’s Best Practices and Lessons,” by Ahmed Al Taie, RCDD, of Thinkbox Technology Group in Irvine, CA. “Education is the true backbone of every BICSI conference,” said BICSI President Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD. “The learning, networking and exhibits at each show continue to increase in quality and quantity, and we shall continue to raise the bar for each conference to come.”

Throughout the conference, BICSI Cares, BICSI’s charitable arm that supports children’s charities, collected donations from attendees. All funds collected were donated to Teen With a Dream™, a charity that helps to enrich the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families. The room was filled with emotion during Closing General Session on Thursday when the donation check was presented to Teen with a Dream founder, 24-year-old Spencer Harrison. Harrison started the charity at 14, when he was just two weeks into his cancer treatment. Now cancer free, Harrison continues his charity work to support families of children fighting the disease.

Following the BICSI Cares Presentation, a Closing Keynote was delivered by Don Yeager, an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, seven-time New York Times best-selling author and long-time Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated.

President Bowman brought the conference to a close late Thursday morning, thanking attendees for coming and announcing the dates for the 2014 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition, which will be held February 2-6 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, 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, project management 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. BICSI is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, and the BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries. www.bicsi.org

 

CERRO WIRE INTRODUCES STEEL PULLING GRIPS

Simple and reliable wire pulling grip lets you pull four times as much wire per day for healthcare construction & building market

Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, introduces a complete range of wire equipped with RectorSeal single-use steel pulling grips, the simple, reliable, and durable single-use wire pulling tool that reduces set up time and lets you pull up to four times more wire per day. Pulling grips, ideal for the healthcare construction and building market, eliminate waste, saving time and money, especially on larger commercial jobs.

Rated for use on THHN and XHHN wire, these steel pulling grips reduce total set up time for a 4-wire pull to less than five minutes. Eighteen sizes are available, ranging from 1 AWG to 750 MCM.

Made with an extremely durable steel body, the pulling grips are far less likely to fail during an installation than a pulling grip made of aluminum. They also have a shorter body length, which allows them to corner better, further reducing failure risk compared to other pulling grips.

The contractor can receive the wire with all three or four wire lengths on a paralleled reel, ready to pull. At the end of each wire is a steel lanyard, used to pull the wire through the conduit; lanyards are of staggered lengths to stagger the heads, making entry into the conduit and through nineties easier. To complete the pull, a contractor simply attaches his rope to the lanyard. After the pull is complete, the grips are simply cut off and are disposable.

“No more taking hours of expensive labor just to prepare to pull wire by preparing pulling ends,” said Rick McDonald, President of Cerrowire Electrical Distribution. “Contractors using our pre-installed steel pulling grips will add significantly to their bottom line.”

Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, supplies its products to wholesale electrical distributors and retail home improvement centers across North America. Cerrowire’s Electrical Distribution Division offers building wire for residential, commercial and industrial use. Our operating philosophy focuses on customer service, low cost operations, simplification and innovation. Our employees operate manufacturing and distribution facilities around the United States. Cerro Wire is a Marmon Wire & Cable/Berkshire Hathaway company.  www.cerrowire.com

 

BOMA joins Expert Committee to Create Global Property Standard (The International Property Measurement Standards Coalition (IPMSC)

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 21, 2013) The International Property Measurement Standards Coalition (IPMSC), of which the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a member, has selected 19 real estate experts from around the world to join its Standards Setting Committee to develop a global standard for measuring property.  Among the experts selected for this committee were Kent Gibson, Vice Chair of BOMA International and a BOMA Fellow, and Peter Stevenson of Stevenson Systems, an official BOMA International standards interpreter.

The Standards Setting Committee includes academics, real estate fund and asset managers, residential professionals, valuers and specialists in development and construction with first-hand knowledge in 50 countries, across five continents.  The committee will act independently and is tasked with the job of drafting and consulting industry on a global standard measurement methodology.

Currently, the way property assets are measured can vary considerably from country to country, making it difficult for global investors and occupiers to accurately compare space.  The implementation of a global property measurement standard would create consistent measurement, increased global financial stability, more accurate and consistent financial reporting, stronger investor confidence and a more transparent marketplace.

“Property is a global business for international investors, corporate occupiers and their advisers, but floor space measuring practices vary from country to country and even between markets in the same country,” notes Max Crofts, chair of the Standards Setting Committee.  “Encouraged by our first meeting at the World Bank, we intend to create standards of measurement that will not only complement international financial reporting and valuation standards, but also enable the collection and use of reliable data across worldwide markets.”

“The committee has been set the challenging task of drawing together the intelligence that has gone before us across the world over the past decades and then creating what must be regarded as the World’s Best Practice for the measurement of buildings,” says Allen Crawford, vice chair of the Standards Setting Committee.  “We will know that we have succeeded when the new standard is embraced globally by the property industry.”

The Standards Setting Committee will start work on the drafting of the new methodology immediately and aims to have a draft ready for widespread consultation in the early part of 2014.

About BOMA International

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates.  Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types, including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP.  Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.  Find BOMA online at www.boma.org.

 

FOA Adds Certification For Optical LANs (OLANs)

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. (FOA), the international professional society of fiber optics, has added a new certification covering Optical LANs (OLANs), one of the fastest growing applications of fiber optics. FOA has been working with major companies in the industry to create a curriculum for courses offered at FOA-Approved schools that lead to FOA CFOS/L specialist certification.

OLANs are the next generation of LAN technology based on fiber to the home (FTTH) networks. Typical LANs used today were developed thirty years ago based on telephone premises networks for PBXes (private phone switches). These LANs use unshielded twisted pair (UTP) wiring in a star architecture with options for fiber optics in the backbone or directly to the desktop. The cabling systems for these LANs has struggled to keep up with Ethernet LAN speed updates for two decades.

OLANs, based on singlemode optical fiber with virtually unlimited bandwidth, are being adopted by users for their lower costs, increased security, lower power consumption and savings in the use of natural resources, especially the expensive copper used in LAN wiring.

OLANs are based on the same proven technology and products used in over 100 million FTTH installations worldwide. OLANs use FTTH passive optical network (PON) or point-to-point (P2P) architecture on singlemode fiber covered in international communications standards. The PON architecture greatly reduces the cost of the network and, of course, the large numbers of installations worldwide creates an economy of scale that reduces the cost even more. These two factors give OLANs a major advantage in cost and bandwidth for upgrades over conventional LANs.

OLANs are based on singlemode fiber which is new to many premises cabling installers and the PON architecture for passive optical LANs (POLs) requires different design and testing processes. The FOA CFOS/L curriculum focuses on the unique aspects of OLANs to ensure that contractors and installers are properly trained for OLAN projects. Network owners and IT managers also will find the FOA OLAN program instructive to understand this new technology.

FOA-Approved schools will begin offering OLAN courses and CFOS/L certification in the Fall of 2013.

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is the nonprofit professional society of fiber optics chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Over 45,000 techs are now FOA certified. 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 http://www.thefoa.org/.

 

Hitachi Cable America is winning customer praise for the plenum-rated Category 6 ECO™ cable. They listen to their customers

“At Hitachi Cable America, we take the input of our customers very seriously.

We had learned that our plenum-rated Category 6 ECO™ cable, though it tested electrically very well, could use some improvement regarding how it pulled out of the box.  After significant testing of the ECO™ cable, as well as cable from our competitors, we agreed.  We could make it better. We also determined that many of our competitors’ products could use some improvement as well.  (We didn’t tell them, though).  After a redesign of the cable and its package, we wanted to see how the new ECO™ compared to the old ECO™.

To properly analyze our findings, we created a “memory index”.  Over 200 data points were gathered and input into our memory index. 

The new ECO™ design offers:

1.)     50% improvement in the maximum memory index values from old package to the new package.*

2.)     32% improvement in the average memory index values from the old package to the new package.*

3.)     25% improvement in retraction (cable memory) from the old package to the new package.

This means the improved cable pulls out of the box better, lays flatter and coils less than the old version.

What hasn’t changed:

ü       Still made in the USA at the Manchester, New Hampshire facility.

ü       Still UL verified for performance to Category 6 standard.

ü       Still small outside diameter (.19 in.) and no center filler.

So if you want reliable, American made, UL verified Category 6 cable, give the new Category 6 ECO™ a try.  To learn where to purchase Hitachi Cable America’s Category 6 ECO™ cable, contact your local Hitachi Cable sales representative or your local cable distributor. Most distributors stock and offer the Hitachi Cable America product line.”

http://www.hca.hitachi-cable.com/

Hitachi Cable America, Inc.(HCA) is Hitachi Cable's Sales and Marketing Headquarters in North America. We specialize in:

Import/Sales of Hitachi Cable Group products including networking products, optical components, wires and cables, copper products and semiconductor materials.

Export/Sales of various materials and products to Hitachi Cable Group companies

Marketing and Business Developments in the North American Market

In 2005, Hitachi Cable unified its management and supervisory functions in Europe and North America by transforming Hitachi Cable America into a holding company and placing group companies in these markets under Hitachi Cable America. This move is intended to ensure information sharing, the creation of synergies in the areas of sales and marketing, and the strengthening of corporate governance, among other goals.

 

Lightwave reports - Agilent To Split Into Two Companies

September 19, 2013

Author Stephen Hardy
Editorial Director and Associate Publisher

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The board of directors at Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has granted initial approval of a plan to split the company in two. One company will focus on life sciences, diagnostics, and applied markets (LDA) and retain the Agilent name. The other company, as yet unnamed, will build on Agilent’s existing electronic measurement (EM) product lines. Both companies will be publicly traded; the split will occur through a tax-free pro rata spinoff of the EM company to Agilent shareholders that management hopes to complete by the end of next year.

Agilent says it expects its LDA business this year to earn $3.9 billion in revenues – about $1 billion more than the EM business. Current Agilent CEO William Sullivan will add the title of president after the split. Ron Nersesian, who has been Agilent’s president and chief operating officer, is now executive vice president of Agilent and president and CEO-designate of the new EM company. Neil Dougherty, who has been Agilent’s vice president and treasurer, is now vice president of Agilent and CFO-designate of the new EM company.

“Agilent has evolved into two distinct investment and business opportunities, and we are creating two separate and strategically focused enterprises to allow each to maximize its growth and success,” said Sullivan. The two businesses differ in their stability – the EM market is more cyclical than the LDA market, Agilent says – and investment profiles. For example, Agilent in a press release announcing the split described LDA as having “an attractive recurring revenue base, balanced geographic revenue profile, growth opportunities in emerging markets, molecular diagnostics and clinical markets, and significant margin-expansion opportunities.”

The new EM company, meanwhile, was described as “the world’s premier electronic measurement company, with a leading position in major markets including communications; aerospace and defense; and industrial, computers and semiconductors.”

For more information on test equipment and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.

Reprinted with permission from Lightwavethe leading e-zine on Fiber Optic Infrastructure (a PennWell Publication) www.lightwaveonline.com

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NECA National Electrical Contractors Association NEWS July to Mid September 2013

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  Member News (Supplemental to NTW, Vol. 5, No. 38)

09/15/2013

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  NECA Presents Free 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC®) Changes Webinar

09/12/2013

This free Webinar is an extensive overview of significant changes to the National Electrical Code for the 2014 cycle.

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  NECA Reaffirms Standard for Installing Steel Conduits (Rigid, IMC, EMT)

09/10/2013

NECA 101-2013, Standard for Installing Steel Conduits (Rigid, IMC, EMT) has just been published by NECA. This newly reaffirmed ANSI-approved standard describes installation procedures for steel rigid metal conduit (RMC), steel intermediate metal conduit (IMC), and steel electrical metallic tubing (EMT).

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  ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Highlights 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) Changes

09/09/2013

ECMag.com Article Highlights 2014 NEC® Changes

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  Compliance Assistance for NECA Contractors

09/09/2013

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  Federal Contract Compliance Manual Overhauled

09/07/2013

The Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a comprehensive update of the Federal Contract Compliance Manual (FCCM). It provides guidance for compliance officers, but contractors might want to take a look, too.

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  New Rules Mandate Hiring Goals for Veterans and Persons with Disabilities

09/04/2013

The U.S. Department of Labor this week announced the approval of these two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and people with disabilities.

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  ELECTRI Releases: The Family Advantage - A Strategic Profile

09/04/2013

Electrical contractors in family businesses identified seven top areas of business planning that they perceive as essential to the family-run environment. The top three listed were strategic planning, succession planning, and estate planning. Learn more and download the report today!

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  2013 Energy Forum Keynote Speakers Announced

09/03/2013

Two champions for smart energy policy, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff and Karen Harbert, President/CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Energy Institute, will offer keynote presentations at the 2013 NECA Energy Forum on Oct. 12.

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  ELECTRI Research Included in Government Report on Smart Grid in Housing

08/26/2013

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently published an article featuring the ELECTRI Smart Grid study and acknowledging the Foundation for commissioning the original work.

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  BCTD President Predicts Bright Future for Union Construction

08/22/2013

Despite facing a number of challenges, union construction is still going strong and is likely to grow, according to BCTD President Sean McGarvey.

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  DoL Chief Comments on Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012

08/22/2013

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued a statement in response to preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries showing a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011.

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  Jhonson Earns 2013 Coggeshall Award

08/22/2013

Don W. Jhonson, president of Interior Electric in North Miami Beach, Florida, has earned NECA’s 2013 Coggeshall Award in recognition of his long-time service in the continual development of the National Electrical Code.

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  2013 Comstock Award for Gauthier

08/22/2013

Timothy J. Gauthier, manager of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of NECA, will be presented with the Comstock Award at NECA’s national convention in Washington, D.C. this fall.

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  Mark Mazur to Bring Home McGraw Award

08/22/2013

Mark Mazur of MJM Electric in Tampa, Florida, will bring the McGraw Award home from NECA's 2013 convention.

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  O’Leary Recognized for Distinguished Service

08/22/2013

Wisconsin Chapter Executive Loyal O’Leary will be honored with NECA's 2013 Association Executive Distinguished Service Award.

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  Northeastern Line Constructors Chapter Recognized with 2013 Wendt Award

08/22/2013

The Northeastern Line Constructors Chapter will be recognized with ELECTRI International's Wendt Award during this year's convention.

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  NCCMP Named NECA Industry Partner

08/22/2013

The National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans has earned the NECA Industry Partner Award for 2013.

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  NECA Reaffirms Standard for Symbols for Electrical Construction Drawings

08/20/2013

NECA 100-2013, Symbols for Electrical Construction Drawings, is now available from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). This newly reaffirmed ANSI-approved standard describes graphic symbols used to represent electrical wiring and equipment on construction drawings.

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  How Can ‘Society’ Value A Solar or Wind Installation?

08/16/2013

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  NECA Member Alert: The Affordable Care Act - October 1 Compliance Deadline Approaching

08/02/2013

NECA is committed to helping its Members prepare for the ACA. Over the next few weeks and months, we plan to distribute more guidance and instruction to assist in your preparation of the ACA. We also plan to continue our legislative and regulatory efforts, and we will continue to keep you updated on our efforts.

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  CVS Work Opportunity For NECA Members

08/01/2013

NECA contractors working in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and/or Wisconsin are invited to attend the CVS Caremark Construction/Facilities Regional Business Building Event August 21 at Crown Plaza Chicago in Northbrook, Illinois, to learn about new work opportunities.

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  Daniels Electrical Construction Talks Energy Efficiency

07/31/2013

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  Print Your Own (Lighting Fixture) . . . ?

07/31/2013

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  Electrical Contractors' Statement on President’s Tax Reform Proposal

07/31/2013

NECA has consistently called on Congress and the President to take up comprehensive tax reform, including lowering the corporate tax rates. Unfortunately, the President’s latest tax reform proposal falls far short of real solutions for electric construction job creators.

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  Daylighting Harvesting Installations Are ‘Leaving Money on the Table’

07/26/2013

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  Are Utilities Missing Out on the Benefits of Combined Heat and Power?

07/25/2013

ACEEE has released three products designed to help utilities, policymakers, regulators, and end-users better appreciate and understand the immense value CHP can offer to an energy system.

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  FREE App to Help Prevent Heat Illness Available from OSHA

07/25/2013

OSHA’s annual Heat Illness Prevention Campaign provides information and resources on how to prevent heat illness and what to do in case of an emergency. New this year: Download a free heat index application for mobile devices that enables workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index at their work sites and respond accordingly.

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  Electrical Contractors Join Effort to Call for Meaningful Reform of Effective Tax Rates

07/24/2013

NECA joined with 100 fellow organizations to establish the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates. Electrical contractors, much like the rest of the construction industry, pay the highest effective tax rates.

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  Penn-Del-Jersey’s WIN Committee Off to a WIN-ning Start

07/24/2013

The Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter, NECA held its first Women In NECA chapter committee meeting to bring local industry women together for professional development and sharing resources.

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  NECA Releases New Standard for Energy Management, Demand Response and Energy Solutions

07/23/2013

The latest National Electrical Installation Standard provides clear instruction for electrical contractors and specifying engineers looking for optimum performance from their energy systems.

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  The Sky’s the Limit for LEDs – But Where’s The Ceiling?

07/23/2013

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  In Case You Missed It: A Zero-Net-Energy First

07/19/2013

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  Electrical Contractors Call on Congress to Repair and Reform the Affordable Care Act

07/18/2013

NECA today called on Congress to take deliberate action to reform and repair the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As employers participating in collective bargaining, NECA member contractors provide healthcare coverage for their workers through multiemployer plans – plans that are now jeopardized by the ACA.

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  Watch Or Download the Affordable Care Act Webinar with Tiffany Downs

07/17/2013

Tiffany Downs discusses what NECA contractors must do to comply with the changes in health care coverage.

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  DC Power Is Coming On – But It’s Not All Good News

07/16/2013

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  Penn State, Iowa State and University of Washington Earn Finalist Spots for 2013 Green Energy Challenge

07/16/2013

The 2013 annual Green Energy Challenge student competition, sponsored by ELECTRI International – the Foundation for Electrical Construction – is down to three finalist Student Chapter teams: The Pennsylvania State University, Iowa State University, and the University of Washington.

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  NECA Welcomes Seven New Members

07/14/2013

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  Electric TV Establishes Itself as a Leading Source of Green Energy Videos

07/12/2013

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  NIOSH Ladder Safety App Now Available

07/11/2013

Electrician construction workers routinely use extension ladders in their work, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a free smart phone app to help them scale the necessary heights more safely.

Learn more - See more at: http://www.necanet.org/news/news-release-archive/page/2/#sthash.BUouIOX6.dpuf

  Affordable Care Act Jeopardizes Multiemployer Plans; FREE Webinar July 16 Explains "What You Need to Know About Health Care Reform" to NECA Contractors

07/07/2013

Join us on Tuesday, July 16 for “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on NECA Contractors.” Tiffany Downs, head of the Employee Benefits Practice Group for the FordHarrison labor and employment attorneys discusses what NECA contractors must do to comply with the changes in health care coverage.

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  Connect with Best & Brightest Managerial Candidates at NECA 2013 Washington

07/06/2013

NECA contractors who are looking for talent to fill managerial jobs and internships in their companies are urged to join in our Speed Interviewing and Networking Event, 2:30–3:15 pm. Sunday, October 13, during our convention.

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  NECA Statement on Delay of the Employer Mandate of the Affordable Care Act

07/03/2013

NECA welcomes the news that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision requiring employers to provide health insurance for workers or pay a penalty will be delayed for one year, but continues to have grave concerns over the full effects of the ACA on employers.

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NECA - National Electrical Contractors Association

NECA’s Vision NECA is a dynamic national organization serving the management interests of the entire electrical contracting industry. More About NECA The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $130 billion industry responsible for bringing electrical power, lighting, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States. History NECA traces its origins to the birth of modern electricity. In 1901, a group of electrical contractors met at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY, where a major display of electric power had been installed. These contractors joined together to foster trade and reform abuses within their fledgling industry. Today, NECA continues their work, building on a legacy of protecting the public and making innovation possible. Members Electrical contractors perform specialized construction work related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. Whether high-voltage power transmission or low-voltage lighting, electrical contractors ensure these systems work in a safe, effective, and environmentally-sound manner. NECA represents electrical contractors from firms of all sizes performing a range of services. While most NECA contractors qualify as small businesses, many large, multinational companies are also members of the association. Organization NECA’s national office in Bethesda, Md., four regional offices, and 119 local chapters across the country support the electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. NECA chapters are independently chartered organizations who work with national field representatives to develop effective labor agreements and market initiatives. NECA Programs and Services NECA is dedicated to enhancing the industry through innovative research, performance standards, progressive labor relations, and workforce recruiting and training. NECA offers the most comprehensive educational opportunities of any electrical association, as well as the industry’s premiere trade show and management training. NECA also publishes ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine, the industry’s top source of information on electrical construction. - See more at: http://www.necanet.org/about-us/overview/overview#sthash.MzMe9M2P.dpuf

NECA & The Electrical Contracting Industry

Today, NECA continues to build on a legacy of protecting the public and making innovation possible. NECA contractors strive to be solution-providers for their customers, and their industry expertise benefits everyone working on an electrical construction project.  NECA contractors set industry standards for traditional and integrated electrical systems and lead the industry in the practical application of new technologies. 
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Shoretel Added TSRI To Their Marketing Arsenal. Results are very positive for the USA and Canada ShoreTel Partner Programs

In the fall of 2012, ShoreTel — one of the world’s leading providers of Unified Communication Solutions — added TSRI to its list of Approved Marketing Partners who can provide marketing and demand generation services to its channel partners. It was an exciting opportunity to demonstrate our channel marketing experience and campaign prowess in a brand new arena. And now having passed the six-month mark, we are pleased to report that the relationship is strong and growing.

 

“Any new client relationship – especially one with a global industry leader like ShoreTel – really raises the adrenaline level of our team,” comments Karla Winter, TSRI’s Director of Marketing. “We’re confident that we can help ShoreTel and its partners grow with the powerful demand generation programs that we have put in place for them. And we are also committed to delivering them with outstanding client service and a stringent focus on ROI.”

 

And TSRI has delivered both, according to ShoreTel’s Channel Marketing Fund Program Manager, Sylvia Judkins. “They have been a great addition to our program,” says Judkins. “We were looking for someone with strong channel experience and more of a full-service portfolio. We also needed a company that could quickly scale in response to demand. TSRI fit the bill perfectly.”

 

The TSRI offerings include Telesales for audience acquisition, appointment setting and post-event follow-up, as well as List Services and Creative Marketing Services. To date, 213 leads have been generated for ShoreTel partners, and 103 qualified appointments have been set. “The results are coming in and the partners are very satisfied,” comments Judkins.

 

Success is now leading to expansion: TSRI has recently been approved for ShoreTel’s Canadian Partner Program, and is also adding new campaign offerings to its portfolio, including its popular Appointment Accelerator Program. “We look forward to continue to build our alliance with ShoreTel and support the growth and success of their partners,” says Winter.

 

About TSRI

Founded in 1996, Technology Sales Resource Interactive (TSRI) is a national consulting organization that helps technology companies of all sizes build marketing and business development strategies quickly and effectively.

TSRI offers a suite of sales and marketing solutions – each of which has demonstrated success with IT firms across the country. Our goal is simple…to help you build a strong sales pipeline and incremental revenue. We offer complete turnkey solutions as well as individual programs that can be designed to complement your current efforts. Our specialized services include:


We have successfully engaged with manufacturers and developers of enterprise- wide IT solutions, as well as direct sales organizations, systems integrators, independent software vendors and authorized channel partners. Our nearly 15 years of experience has allowed us to develop end-user expertise in all major market verticals, including financial services, biotech, education (K-12 as well as higher education), state and local government, healthcare and professional services.www.tsrweb.com

 

About ShoreTel

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

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

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

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

 

tED Magazine reports Koch Industries to acquire Molex for $7.2 billion

Published 9/11/2013 1:00:21 PM

By Jack Keough

Koch Industries is acquiring Molex Inc., a global manufacturer of switches, cable assemblies, connectors and lighting products, for $7.2 billion, or $38.50 per share, making it one of the largest purchases in the electrical/electronics industries this year. Based on the closing stock prices on September 6, the purchase price represents a 42% premium to the equity value of Molex's publicly-traded stock.

The agreement has been approved by both the Molex and the Koch Industries boards of directors. At the close of the transaction, Molex will become a standalone subsidiary of Koch Industries and will continue to be operated by the company's current management team. Molex, with a 75-year history of product innovation, will retain the company name following the transaction as well as its headquarters in Lisle, Illinois.

Molex has 41 plants in 15 countries. About 57% of its manufacturing capacity is in "lower-cost areas," such as China, Poland and Mexico, according to the company, the Wall Street Journal reported. Molex offers approximately 100,000 products through direct salespeople and authorized distributors. Markets that Molex serves include mobile devices, infotech, consumer electronics, automotive, telecommunications, industrial, medical, military and aerospace. Sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 were $3.6 billion. Over 70% of Molex's revenues come from products sold outside the United States.

The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Molex acquisition is Koch's largest since it paid $22 billion, including assumption of debt, for Georgia-Pacific Corp. in 2005. Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in the country with annual revenues of about $115 billion. Koch owns a diverse group of companies across a wide range of industries. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested about $50 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in nearly 60 countries, Koch companies employ about 60,000 people worldwide. In 2012, Koch companies employed nearly 50,000 people in the United States.

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Jack Keough was the editor of Industrial Distribution magazine for more than 26 years. He often speaks at many industry events and seminars. He can be reached at john.keough@comcast.net or keoughbiz@gmail.com

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WEBINAR - Disaster Communications: Planning, Executing, and Improvising a Communications Infrastructure When Everything Has Gone Terribly Wrong!

Please join: Security Today and CPM Online Conference

Topic: Disaster Communications: Planning, Executing, and Improvising a Communications Infrastructure When Everything Has Gone Terribly Wrong!

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Time: 2:00PM (EST) - 1:00PM (CST) - 11:00AM (PST)

Register Today at:

http://click.1105info.com/?qs=f37f37124b0ecb2911617d36a7b0c8ca59104cbe99410fee0ffe4f25988f3f205eb2f38fa24c0c0e

Overview:

The most critical elements of a natural or man-made disaster plan are communications and logistics. The very nature of disasters, however, is a massive disruption to both. We will examine the multifaceted nature of disaster communication across phases of a disaster, learning from real-life incidents and planning for likely disruptions and response.

In this webinar, Major Greene will discuss:

1. The Phases of a disaster.

2. The likely (and unlikely) communications needs of government, military, first-responders, public health, volunteers, media, and victims.

3. Telecommunications Infrastructure:  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

4. Hurricane Sandy:  What went wrong, what went right, and how we will improve it

SPEAKER:

Barry R. Greene

LTC, IN, NYG

Chief Information Officer/G-6

Headquarters, New York Guard

Major Barry R. Greene is the Chief Information Officer at Headquarters, New York Guard. He is also a certified instructor for emergency response programs currently administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, New York State Emergency Management Office, The U.S. Department of Transportation, and The U.S. Department of Energy. In 2008, he formally joined the faculty of the national MEMS Academy (Military Emergency Management Specialist) for which he is helping to develop two new certification courses in Radiological Disaster Response and Disaster Communications.

Previously, as President and Chief Information Security Officer of CSSI-Global, Major Greene implemented and supervised a secure operations center (SOC) monitoring over $2 billion annually in protected transactions. He consulted for Travelers Insurance, Sony Electronics, Yahoo, Toshiba, and Walmart.com, among others, and was called upon to advise the N.Y. Governor's staff on IT security procedures during the September 11, 2001 crisis.

Major Greene is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), the world's largest security professionals' organization. His seminar: Tools and Techniques of a Cyber-Terrorist has been attended by security officers from LAPD, DCPD, FBI, FEMA, U.S. Army Special Forces, Verizon, Shell Oil, Boeing, and was featured on FOX news. Major Greene holds a B.A. from Norwich University: The Military College of Vermont and is currently serving his second elected term on the university's Alumni Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of the Military Association of the State of New York and the Connecticut Governor's "eHealthConnecticut" collaborative.

A Q&A session will be held during the last 15 minutes of each Webinar.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Time: 2:00PM (EST) - 1:00PM (CST) - 11:00AM (PST)

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Klein® Tools Introduces Its VDV Compact Ratcheting Modular Crimper

All-inclusive tool cuts, strips and crimps data and voice cables

September 12, 2013 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools, (http://www.kleintools.com) for professionals since 1857, introduces the new Compact Ratcheting Modular Crimper (Cat. No. VDV226-107) extending its Voice/Data/Video (VDV) line of tools, connectors and testers. This crimping tool delivers fast, reliable connector terminations for voice and data applications. With a direct lateral crimp action and a heavy duty ratchet, it ensures an even, precise and complete termination on every cycle producing more dependable connections.

Klein® Tools’ new VDV Compact Ratcheting Modular Crimper is an all-in-one tool for cable preparation and connection. It cuts and strips CAT6, CAT5e, CAT3 and flat-satin voice cables as well as crimps six and eight position modular connectors. A heavy-duty ratchet ensures complete termination by executing a full compression cycle every time. The direct lateral crimp action provides a more even, precise contact termination across all pins. An ergonomic and compact design facilitates single-hand operation making it comfortable to use and easy to store.  The most commonly used wiring diagrams are placed directly on the tool for quick reference. In addition, other frequently used wiring diagrams are downloadable to your mobile device.

“Our Compact Ratcheting Modular Crimper has both a heavy duty ratchet and lateral crimp action to provide a more stable and reliable termination each and every time it is used,” states Sean O’Flaherty, senior product manager. “Yet the tool is about 40% smaller than many other models, making single-handed operation natural.”

Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in seven plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com

 

Fiber Optic Training – CANADA = Up-To-Date information on Course Dates and Material prices
 
Check their online catalogue in PDF at  www.fiberoptictraining.com
 
William Graham, CFOS/I, President
Mississauga Training Consultants
Res/Office: 289-232-3480   Cell: 416-659-8713
www.fiberoptictraining.com

We conduct the following training programs at our training centre at 1125 Derry Rd, East in Mississauga and at the customers premises.
*  4  Day (CFOT)  Certified Fiber Optic Installer Course -  Sept 9 - 12th., Oct 21, - 24th., Nov 18, - 21,  Dec 9, - 12th
*  2  Day  (CFOS/H)  Certified Fiber To The Home Specialist - August 21 - 22nd.,  Sept 18, 19th., Nov 27, 28th.
*  2  Day (CFOS/O)  Certified  Fiber Outside Plant Specialist - Aug 19 - 20th.,  Sept 16, 17th.,  Oct 28, 29th., Nov 25, 26th
*  2  Day  VDV Network Cabling Systems Inspection  - Aug 26 - 27th.,  Dec 2 - 3rd.,
*  1  Day Grounding and Bonding course for Communications Technicians  - Aug 23rd.,  Sept 27th.,  Nov 22nd
 
*  Custom designed courses to address specific needs.

We conduct in house course across Canada and the US
We stock the largest stock of Fiber Optic hand tools, Fusion Splicers, Cleavers and consumable materials in Ontario if not in Canada,
To register for our programs please call:  Shirley at :   289-232-3480
 
For more information please e-mail: mrfiber@outlook.com  or  fiberoptictraining@live.ca

 

Leviton and Berk-Tek Combine Forces to Showcase the Industry’s Highest Performing Systems at the BICSI Fall Conference

Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies cabling systems combine connectivity and performance

Bothell, Washington, September 16, 2013 – The Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies alliance will be showcasing its latest cabling systems at the 2013 BICSI Fall Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, from September 15-19. The joint exhibit – located at booths 316 and 314 – will feature a variety of solutions from the alliance.

The combined strength of Leviton’s connectivity and Berk-Tek’s cables create the industry’s premier copper and fiber end-to-end solutions. The systems, offered through the Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies alliance, include 11 copper and three enterprise fiber optic systems. Copper solutions range from a high-end Category 6A+ F/UTP system to Category 5e UTP systems. Fiber systems include high-speed, high bandwidth OM3/OM4 systems and OS2 solutions for campus and long distance networks.

For more information on the Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies alliance, visit: berkteklevitontechnologies.com. Complete information about the 2013 BICSI Fall Conference & Exposition can be found at: www.bicsi.org.

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 leviton.com/ns or twitter.com/LevitonNS.

About Leviton

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

 

Security Products 2013 New Product of the Year Winners Announced

DALLAS, August 28, 2013 - Security Products magazine, the only integrated product and technology magazine reaching the entire security market, announced the winners of its 2013 New Product of the Year Award this week.

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 fifth successful year of this contest. Winners were honored in 24 product award categories.

The winners are:

Accessories, Surveillance
FLIR, DNR200 series NVR

Analog to IP Migration
Axis Communications, Axis Q7436 Video Encoder Blade and Axis Q7920 Video Encoder Chassis

Cameras, IP Video Surveillance
Sony, SNCVM630
Axis Communications, Axis P5414-E PTZ Dome Network Camera
Axis Communications, Axis P12 Network Camera Series

Cameras, Network
Sentry360, InSight™ 14 Megapixel IS-IP14K

Cameras, HDcctv
ICRealtime, IC360-10MP

Cameras, Analog
Samsung, SCP-2370RH (Spider Cam)
Speco Technologies, HT7246H/Intensifier H/Vandal Dome Camera

Video Management Systems
OnSSI, Ocularis Media Server
DVTel, Latitude NVMS

Accessories, Non-surveillance
LifeSafety Power, iSCAN SmartPower Systems

Access Control
Stanley Security, EyeSwipe-Nano TS

Crisis Management
Sielox, LLC, Sielox Class™ Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System

Fire & Life Safety/Equipment
SDi, Cyclone

Wireless Technologies
Inovonics, EN6080 Area Control Gateway

RFID
Stanley Security, AeroScout MobileView Locator for iPad

IT Software/Hardware
Thales, Thales keyAuthority

Mass Notification
Silent Knight, IntelliKnight 5820XL-EVS Emergency Voice System

Cloud Computing/Storage Solutions
2X Software, 2X Application Server XG

Cloud Surveillance
Smartvue Corp., Smartvue S9i Cloud Server

Investigate Video Systems
BriefCam, BriefCam Syndex

Mobile Security Applications
Quantum Secure, SAFE for Mobile
AtHoc, AtHoc Mobile Application

Retail Mobile Security App
Oncam Grandeye, OnVu360

Outdoor Lighting-based Security Platforms
TOTUS Solutions, Totus Surveillance Platform

Video Verification
I-View Now, I-View Now, version 2.0

Perimeter Security
Automatic Systems, ParkPlus
Berkeley Varitonics Systems Inc, Manta Ray Cell Phone Detector

Network-Centric Security
Precise Biometrics, The Tactivo™ Product Suite of Smart Card and Fingerprint Reader Solutions

Winners will receive awards and will be recognized at ASIS International 2013 in Chicago September 24-26. They are also be featured on Security Products' leading industry website, security-today.com, and will be highlighted in the December 2013 issue of Security Products magazine. All entries will be showcased in the September 2013 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.

"The security industry is easily one of the fastest growing technology markets, and from my perspective the tools and solutions available to integrators and end users are more amazing every year," said Ralph C. Jensen, Security Products editor-in-chief. "It is difficult for our judges to pick a winner when many of the products are so outstanding. In the final analysis, the products entered this year are truly worthy of a second and third look."

Information about the 2014 Security Products New Product of the Year awards will be available at http://security-today.com in the spring of 2014.

*BPA Circulation Statement, December 2012

For more information, please contact
Susan May
Group Marketing Manager, 1105 Media – Occupational Health & Safety
14901 Quorum Drive, Suite 425
Dallas, TX 75254
Phone: 972-687-6744
E-mail: smay@1105media.com

 

Lightwave Presents: Summer at the Speed of Light

Summer at the Speed of Light: 100G is a six-week initiative to bring you up to date on the latest in 100-Gbps technology development and application trends. Each week we'll provide you with articles, videos, editorial guides, podcasts, and other information resources on this exploding optical networking trend via the Summer at the Speed of Light: 100G webpage.

Your 100G summer continues this Wednesday with these new 100G-related items:

Podcast — Infinera and the Myths Surrounding 100G
Infinera Director of Solutions & Technology Geoff Bennett tackles several myths that may still hold sway in the 100G market. Bennett tackles such subjects as silicon photonics versus photonic integrated circuits, whether Infinera can maintain its lead in PICs, whether 400G really is the next step after 100G, and what one has to do to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.
>> Listen to the Podcast!

Video chat at 2:30 PM EDT August 28 with Sam Bucci of Alcatel-Lucent
Join our final Google+ Hangout when Sam Bucci, Vice President & GM IP Transport BU at Alcatel-Lucent, offers a system house's view on 100G enabling technologies. You can participate by tweeting your questions with the hashtag #summer100G. Miss any of our Hangouts - including last week's with Robert Blum of Oclaro? You can view our previous chats here.
>> Join the conversation.
 
These are just the tip of the 100G iceberg for Summer at the Speed of Light: 100G. Visit the Summer at the Speed of Light: 100G webpage regularly for more information and the latest news and featured items. www.lightwaveonline.com   a PennWell Publication

 

NAED and tED magazine Update: Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill May Not Pass The Senate

Published 9/20/2013 11:16:14 AM

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NAED and tED magazine are continuing to follow the developments in Washington D.C. related to the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill.  The bill has strong support from NAED.

The following is from Politico on Friday morning, September 20.

“The prospects for Senate passage of the bipartisan energy-efficiency legislation authored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman just got a whole lot dimmer. A Democratic leadership aide confirmed Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will move next week to a government funding measure, a step that will further delay consideration of the efficiency legislation. And it’s not even a sure bet that the Senate will come back to the efficiency bill, which has been plagued by delays for almost two weeks. Still aides, who are growing increasingly frustrated over the delay, said they’ll continue working on an elusive agreement to narrow down the list of amendments, which has emerged as the main sticking point holding the legislation back.”

Here is the story tedmag.com posted on Thursday, September 19.

What had started out as a simple, bi-partisan energy-efficiency bill designed to create new incentives to spur greater use of energy-saving technologies in office buildings, manufacturing plants and residences has now become the latest piece in a political chess match where at this point it appears there will be no winner.

The Shaheen-Portman bill is sponsored by New Hampshire Democrat Jean Shaheen and Ohio Republican Rob Portman.  It has received support from other Democrats and Republicans, along with nearly 260 groups that run the political gamut -- from the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group.

It is also strongly endorsed by NAED. During the NAED Congressional Fly-In on September 11, it was one of the main points discussed by our members with Senators and members of Congress and their staffs.  Almost unanimously, the NAED members attending the Fly-In announced that they had full support for the Shaheen-Portman Bill.

Yet, after a week of debate, the bill is stalled.

First, Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter proposed an amendment to the bill that would either reduce or eliminate the insurance premium subsidies that lawmakers and their aides will receive next year after they switch from federally provided health insurance to new health care exchanges created under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare.  The Act is the most debated issue in congress right now, with Republicans working to prevent it’s funding before it goes into effect on October 1.  Senator Vitter has put a “hold” on the Shaheen-Portman Bill, basically blocking all action on it, until he gets a vote on his ObamaCare amendment to it.

This has led to a number of reactions that caused USA Today newspaper to headline its story “Energy Debate Shows Congress’ Dysfunction”.  The story quotes Larry Sabato, the head of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, who says, "Bipartisan bills that are relatively non-controversial should move quickly through a legislative body that's working. This tells you all you need to know. (The Senate) isn't working."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted during the Shaheen-Portman debate that this is “the least productive Senate in the history of the country.”

First, Democrats who are upset that an ObamaCare amendment is attached to a bi-partisan energy-efficiency bill that should pass with ease have announced their next move.  According to Politico, Democrats drafted legislation to deny lawmakers their health care premium subsidy if there is "probable cause" to believe they solicited prostitutes. That refers to the 2007 "D.C. Madam" scandal that linked Senator Vitter’s name to a high-priced prostitution services client list.  Senator Vitter responded by filing an ethics complaint, claiming the legislation is “attempted bribery designed to intimidate" him.

tED magazine and tedmag.com will continue following this debate, which will have a huge impact on our industry if it is passed.  On Thursday, September 19, more debate is scheduled, but a vote is unlikely.

Shaheen-Portman Bill Highlights Senate's Dysfunction

What had started out as a simple, bi-partisan energy-efficiency bill designed to create new incentives to spur greater use of energy-saving technologies in office buildings, manufacturing plants and residences has now become the latest piece in a political chess match where at this point it appears there will be no winner.

The Shaheen-Portman bill is sponsored by New Hampshire Democrat Jean Shaheen and Ohio Republican Rob Portman.  It has received support from other Democrats and Republicans, along with nearly 260 groups that run the political gamut -- from the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group.

It is also strongly endorsed by NAED. During the NAED Congressional Fly-In on September 11, it was one of the main points discussed by our members with Senators and members of Congress and their staffs.  Almost unanimously, the NAED members attending the Fly-In announced that they had full support for the Shaheen-Portman Bill.

Yet, after a week of debate, the bill is stalled.

First, Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter propsed an amendment to the bill that would either reduce or eliminate the insurance premium premium subsidies that lawmakers and their aides will receive next year after they switch from federally provided health insurance to new health care exchanges created under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare.  The Act is the most debated issue in congress right now, with Republicans working to prevent it’s funding before it goes into effect on October 1.  Senator Vitter has put a “hold” on the Shaheen-Portman Bill, basically blocking all action on it, until he gets a vote on his ObamaCare amendment to it.

This has led to a number of reactions that caused USA Today newspaper to headline its story “Energy Debate Shows Congress’ Dysfunction”.  The story quotes Larry Sabato, the head of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, who says, "Bipartisan bills that are relatively non-controversial should move quickly through a legislative body that's working. This tells you all you need to know. (The Senate) isn't working."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted during the Shaheen-Portman debate that this is “the least productive Senate in the history of the country.”

First, Democrats who are upset that an ObamaCare amendment is attached to a bi-partisan energy-efficiency bill that should pass with ease have announced their next move.  According to Politico, Democrats drafted legislation to deny lawmakers their health care premium subsidy if there is "probable cause" to believe they solicited prostitutes. That refers to the 2007 "D.C. Madam" scandal that linked Senator Vitter’s name to a high-priced prostitution services client list.  Senator Vitter responded by filing an ethics complaint, claiming the legislation is “attempted bribery designed to intimidate" him.

tED magazine and tedmag.com will continue following this debate, which will have a huge impact on our industry if it is passed.  On Thursday, September 19, more debate is scheduled, but a vote is unlikely.

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AFL Introduces Enhanced Event Analysis for M310 Data Center OTDR

Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC – August 20, 2013 – With its high dynamic range, short dead zones and new advanced event analysis algorithm, AFL’s M310 Data Center OTDR is the only solution in the industry which addresses the testing challenges associated with data center and enterprise LAN/WAN networks. The advanced algorithm minimizes missed and false events and ensures accuracy and reliability in event analysis, taking advantage of short dead zones in data center applications.

“If an OTDR’s event analysis is inaccurate, then documenting networks will be flawed and troubleshooting networks will be impaired, increasing downtime,” commented Mark Miller, product manager at AFL. “The M310’s event analysis successfully deals with difficult situations found in data centers such as short jumper cables and closely-spaced events. This ensures the health of your network.”

Data center optical network configurations, such as Top of Rack (ToR) and End of Row (EoR), contain numerous closely-spaced sections, jumper cables, patch panels and cross connects. Through groundbreaking analysis techniques, the M310 accurately finds and measures the events on a network without increasing the likelihood of chasing false events. Coupled with the M310 Touch and Test® interface, users can confidently obtain accurate locations and measurements of all events, without the confusing introduction of false events. No special knowledge, training or test setups are required to achieve these results, saving users both time and money.

With an integrated Optical Power Meter (OPM) and Visual Fault Locator (VFL), plus inspection functionality using the DFS1 Digital FiberScope, the M310 provides all Tier 1 and Tier 2 testing requirements. The Test Results Manager 2.0 (TRM® 2.0) companion software provides the capability of viewing and editing test results on a PC, and creating certification reports.

For additional information about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting 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, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com

 

AFL Launches FLX380 FlexTester3 Broadband Network OTDR+

Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC – September 19, 2013 – AFL introduces the NOYES® FLX380 FlexTester3 series of handheld, broadband network OTDRs that provide an industry-leading combination of high dynamic range at short dead zones enabling better performance when testing through a PON splitter. Built with AFL’s patented ServiceSafe™ technology, FlexTester3 models are designed for broadband optical network installation verification, network activation and in-service or out-of-service maintenance troubleshooting.

“Broadband is all about bandwidth. Whether the end-user connection is fiber, copper or wireless, bandwidth demand is driving more fiber deployment–direct to homes in FTTH networks, closer to homes to support faster DSL connections, to cell towers (mobile backhaul) and even to the antenna (FTTA),” explains Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager for AFL’s NOYES test and inspection division.
 
Scholten continues, “Compared to metro or long-haul networks, broadband access networks are typically shorter with more closely-spaced splices, connectors and access points. Splitters introduce high loss into PONs, requiring both high dynamic range and high resolution with short dead zones. The new FlexTester3 optimizes dynamic range and provides the short dead zone performance needed to make these measurements accurately.”

The FlexTester3 combines an OTDR, optical light source, optical power meter and visual fault locator in a rugged, hand-held unit that ensures technicians have the test tools needed when installing, activating or troubleshooting optical networks. Enhanced event analysis software and advanced capabilities such as automatic macrobend and splitter event detection and Bluetooth® connectivity, establish the FLX380 FlexTester3 as the industry’s smallest, most powerful and feature-packed OTDR. Its all-in-one design includes:

  • Patented ServiceSafe™ capability to prevent users from initiating service-disrupting 1310 nm or 1550 nm OTDR tests on a live PON, while permitting dark fiber OTDR tests, out-of-band live fiber OTDR tests and PON power measurements from a single port;
  • Integrated Wave ID optical source and power meter that eliminates insertion loss wavelength setup errors and reduces insertion loss test time up to 80%;
  • Integrated visual fault locator to pinpoint breaks or macrobends in splice closures, cabinets and access points;
  • Instant On power-up; and
  • Over 12 hours continuous testing without battery replacement or recharge.

FlexTester3 PRO kits bundle a user-selected FlexTester3 with the FOCIS PRO connector inspection system and cleaning supplies in a waterproof, hard shell carry case. FlexTester3 complete kits add an optical fiber identifier and 150 m launch cable to create an even more complete and cost-effective optical test solution.
 
Designed to address test challenges faced by users around the world, the FLX380 supports over a dozen languages in a lightweight, rugged package coupled with a high-contrast display providing perfect visibility in direct sunlight and dimly lit interiors. All FlexTester3 kits include AFL’s Windows®-compatible TRM 2.0 Basic Test Results Manager analysis and report generation software.

For more information on AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting 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, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com

 

TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Announces Faster RF Signal Generation and Analysis to Significantly Improve Manufacturing Test Throughput for Power Amplifier Front-End Module Test

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2013 – Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the M9391A, a 1-MHz to 3- or 6-GHz PXIe vector signal analyzer, with up to 160-MHz bandwidth designed to test the latest wireless standards. Used in combination with Agilent’s modular X-series applications, the M9391A delivers a consistent user interface, common measurement consistency, and backward-compatible APIs to accelerate test development and throughput.

The M9391A is a complementary product to the M9381A PXIe VSG for testing and design validation of wireless power amplifiers, transceivers and cellular base stations, primarily picocell and femtocell. The new analyzer performs more tests in less time, significantly reducing costs. It features innovative Fastune technology that enables unprecedented servo-loop test times through rapid frequency and amplitude adjustments. Plus, its hardware-accelerated power measurements maximize throughput while retaining measurement integrity.

“The new PXIe vector signal analyzer has impressed customers with its easy programmability and seamless integration into their existing test systems,” said Mario Narduzzi, modular solutions marketing manager of Agilent’s Software and Modular Solutions Division. “Once they witness this significant increase in overall test throughput for power amplifier manufacturing test applications, this solution is an obvious choice.”

Agilent X-Series measurement applications for modular instruments support a common set of standard measurements for wireless communications signals. By using proven X-Series software with the new PXI VSA, engineers can increase measurement speed while ensuring code compatibility and measurement continuity. X-series measurement applications enable the testing of major wireless communications and connectivity formats, such as LTE, GSM, W-CDMA and 802.11ac right from the start, and ensure easy access to emerging standards without returning or replacing hardware.

Engineers can use the Agilent M9391A PXIe VSA with the M9381A and modular X-Apps to test wideband power amplifiers, front-end modules, transceivers and more. The PXI VSA comes with 40-MHz RF bandwidth and can be upgraded to 100- or 160-MHz bandwidth supporting extremely fast modulation analysis by real-time hardware resampling. The hardware is license-key upgradeable to adapt to new and changing requirements.

Agilent’s unique, industry-leading calibration core-exchange strategy maximizes system uptime by providing fast repairs. In addition Agilent offers one-day start-up assistance and a standard three-year return-to-Agilent warranty as part of the standard product.

The M9391A PXIe vector signal analyzer is the latest addition to Agilent’s growing lineup of PXI and AXIe modular products.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Available now, the Agilent M9391A PXIe vector signal analyzer consists of the following: M9350A downconverter, M9301A synthesizer, M9300A frequency reference, and M9214A digitizer. The base configuration sells for $25,215. License key software upgrades are available for increased analysis bandwidth, frequency range, memory, and faster switching. Four PXI VSAs can be housed in a single 18-slot PXI chassis.

               Additional information about Agilent’s modular test solutions is available at www.agilent.com/find/M9391A. Product photos are available at www.agilent.com/find/M9391A_PXI_VSA_images. A video describing the M9391A is available at www.agilent.com/find/M9391A_Video.

An in-depth Agilent modular products backgrounder is available at www.agilent.com/find/modular_backgrounder.

               Additional information on Agilent’s wireless test solutions can be found at

www.youtube.com/AgilentCellular and www.youtube.com/AgilentWireless

Agilent Modular PXI and AXIe Products

Agilent offers a complete lineup of PXI and AXIe products, including digitizers, arbitrary waveform generators, digitizing oscilloscopes, digital multimeters and a range of switches.

Fastune

Agilent Fastune is an electrical power and radio frequency switching technology that uses digital baseband power-level changes and frequency offsets (while maintaining amplitude and phase-calibrated accuracy) to provide the speed and accuracy needed to reduce the cost of testing modern communication equipment during manufacturing.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company’s 20,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

 

Not just another 9 11 story – Touching and True

It is 11 yrs since 9/11 and here is a  story about that terrible day.

It is a story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11.

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic.

All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that "All Business" look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta's main office in Atlanta and simply read, "All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination."

No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, Newfoundland.  He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately -- no questions asked.  We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.

While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area.

We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander, Newfoundland, to have it checked out.

We promised to give more information after landing in Gander. There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that's nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander. Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM! .... that's 11:00 AM EST.

There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the U.S.

After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason." Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U.S. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground Control in Gander told us to stay put.

The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane. In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were U.S. commercial jets.

Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC. People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada. Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed.

Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm. We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament.

We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning. Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.

Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing. And they were true to their word. Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.

About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.

After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander! We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the U.S. airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.

We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.

Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the "plane people." We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.

Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days. What we found out was incredible.

Gander and all the surrounding communities (within  about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers. Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.

ALL the high school students were required to volunteer their time to take care of the "guests." Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged. Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes.

Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility. There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.

Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered "Excursion" trips. Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests. Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests.

Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft. In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers.

Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about the whereabouts of each and every passenger and knew which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully.

When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling.

Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

And then a very unusual thing happened.

One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said "of course" and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days. He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers. He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.

"He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!

"The gentleman, a MD from Virginia, promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.

As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.


"I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a faraway place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them. It reminds me how much good there is in the world."

"In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today's world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good and Godly people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.

"God Bless America... and God Bless the Canadians."

###

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 

 Ever the skeptic that I am, I checked this story out.  It is true and for that I’m grateful because it renews your faith in the human race.  My Momma and Daddy were also flying home from Paris on September 11th and had to return to land for what their pilot told them was a “mechanical issue”.  For hours, my sister and I didn’t know where they were or if they were ok. It was the most scared I’ve ever been in my life. (I was scared again the night that George and I became bonded for life, but that’s another story!)  Luckily for us, my husband’s parents lived in England at the time.  My folks were able to stay with them for two weeks before they could get a flight home. Momma and Daddy told me the British were just as welcoming and loving. 

Let’s not wait for the next terrorist attack, and don’t be a fool – it’s going to happen, to share some love and kindness.  I’m sure there is someone you know who could use some compassion, or just pass it along to a stranger.

I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you.  I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat and couldn’t resist. And, that’s a rare thing for me.

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/gander.asp

An appreciative reader.

 

ANSI awarding John Siemon with International Standards Medal

August 15, 2013

By Patrick McLaughlin
Chief Editor

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently announced the recipients of its 2013 Leadership and Service Awards—a list that includes Siemon Company’s chief technology officer and vice president of global operations John Siemon. Siemon will receive the Astin-Polk International Standards Metal, which ANSI explains “honors distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through the advancement, development or administration of international standardization, measurements or certification.” The awards ceremony will take place October 2 in Washington D.C. as part of World Standards Week 2013. John Siemon is one of 17 individuals who will be honored that evening.

When Siemon Company announced its CTO’s honor, it said, “As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards, including globally recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems—both of which Siemon is proud to be certified.” Cabling standards put forth by BICSI and by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are done so under the auspices of ANSI.

Of the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal honor, Siemon Company said, “The award was well deserved; as Siemon’s CTO, John oversees the company’s technology roadmap, intellectual property, and global membership and participation on standards bodies and trade organizations such as ANSI, ISO, IEC, CENELEC, IEEE, TIA, Ethernet Alliance, BICSI, U.S. Green Building Council, CCCA and SDOs [standards development organizations] in a number of other countries.”

The company also noted that John has held a number of leadership positions in standards-making organizations, including chairman of the TIA TR-42.1 Subcommittee responsible for commercial building cabling; chairman of BICSI’s Technical Information and Methods Committee, current chairman of the U.S. Advisory Group on Interconnection of Information Technology Equipment (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25), as well as project leader and editor for U.S. and international standards publications covering multiple generations of twisted-pair and optical-fiber infrastructure used for voice and data connections worldwide.

Within Siemon Company, John established the Development Engineering and R&D Laboratory. He took responsibility for the company’s operations in 2002, and since then has expanded the company’s global supply chain capabilities with new manufacturing and logistics locations around the world, the company notes. He is also the current executive vice president of the Yale Science and Engineering Association. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents in the field of telecommunications cabling.

In 1998 Cabling Installation & Maintenance named John Siemon one of “ten pros who shape the cabling industry,” as the magazine article was titled. You can read the profile of John Siemon, titled “Siemon treats the cabling industry like family,” here.

www.siemon.com

Reprinted with permission from Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine

www.cablingintall.com

 

Berk-Tek Announces Ken Schreder as the new Director of Sales, Strategic Accounts

New Holland, PA – August 30, 2013 ….Berk-Tek LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper and fiber optic cabling,  is pleased to announce Ken Schreder as the new Director of Sales, Strategic Accounts reporting to Paul Trunk, President.

In this role, Schreder is responsible for the direction and management of strategic end user programs and Berk-Tek’s internal strategic account sales managers within L AN, telecom, and new markets. Previous to this appointment, Schreder was Berk-Tek’s Market Development Director responsible for the assessment of the industrial LAN market segment reporting to Eric Lawrence, VP, R&D and Advanced Marketing.

Before  joining Berk-Tek as an employee in May of this year, he was a consultant to the company, assessing the industrial LAN segment.  Prior to consulting, Schreder spent 30 years with TE Connectivity in a variety of sales and marketing management roles, most recently as the Global Director of Strategic Accounts for three years.  Before that he managed their North America sales organization for ten years.  He holds an RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer) credential from BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Services International) and earned his B.S. degrees in both Economics and Business Management from Widener University.

Schreder works out of Berk-Tek’s headquarters in New Holland, PA, and is a resides in Lancaster, PA, with his wife Kristina and daughters, Annaliese and Helena.

Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100 different network copper and fiber optic cable products. The company has led in the development of high-performance and enhanced fiber optic and UTP cables designed to transport high-speed data and voice transmissions. Berk-Tek has major manufacturing facilities at New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. www.berktek.com.

 

IDEAL ELIMINATES PRICE BARRIER TO OWNING A POWERFUL NETWORK TESTER

Award-winning NaviTEK™ II cable and network verification testers now more affordable and accessible to IT professionals  SYCAMORE, IL, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 -- Today, even the simplest of networks require testers to validate, troubleshoot and resolve challenges that cause slow performance and downtime. Unfortunately, the price point of this equipment has put it out of reach of many of the technicians who need it most.


Stepping up to address those needs, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. (www.idealindustries.com) today announced that it has significantly lowered the price of its award-winning NaviTEK® II, the fastest, most cost-effective cable and network verification testers available to frontline technicians, enhancing value and bringing to customers an unsurpassed testing experience right out of the box. Effective immediately, prices have been reduced by up to 35 percent and now start at only $612 (USD).


"That we've maintained the launch price of the NaviTEK II longer than any other tester we've introduced in the past while we maintained a leadership position in the testing category demonstrates the value that network professionals have found in the NaviTEK II," explained Dan Payerle, Business Unit Manager. "The NaviTEK II is clearly a breakthrough product for IDEAL and we want to make it more accessible to customers."


In addition to being a great value, NaviTEK II makes troubleshooting LAN physical and network layers more efficient and faster than ever before with port status testing up to 1 Gb/s. It is the only tester at its price level to include IPv6, PoE+, VLANs, Trace Route and a 3.5-inch color LCD and an on-screen keyboard to speed data entry of IP addresses and customer information. Engineered for rapid deployment with a minimal learning curve, the NaviTEK II allows users to view and print test results with any web browser, now special software required. The Very Definition of a "Stunning Breakthrough"

For more information, visit www.idealindustries.com/products/datacomm/diagnostics.

 

IDEAL Announces Second Winner of SignalTEK II Cable Qualifier

Still time to win, enter today!SYCAMORE, IL AUGUST 27, 2013 -- IDEAL today announced the second of four winners in its SignalTEK II Giveaway: Terry Foster, a Data Center Engineer Specialist at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Forster receives an IDEAL SignalTEK II qualifier, valued at $2,195.00 (USD).  

 

The completely redesigned SignalTEK II is the most advanced qualifier on the market today. Perfect for small- to medium-sized LANs, it will validate that copper or fiber cabling is capable of supporting bandwidth-heavy VDV and IP-based video surveillance applications over 10/100 Megabit or Gigabit Ethernet. 


Each quarter for the remainder of the year, IDEAL will give away a SignalTEK II to a lucky datacom pro. To register for upcoming drawings go to www.signaltek2.com.  

  

Terry Foster (left), Data Center Engineer, Specialist, at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN accepts his SignalTEK™ II from IDEAL Rep Agent Jeff Graham

www.idealindustries.com

 

LANshack.com® Begins Overall Project to Revamp Fiber Optic Cabling Offerings

 

Beachwood, NJ September 06, 2013 LANshack.com - an online distributor and manufacturer of high quality datacom products, such as copper cabling hardware, fiber optic cable assemblies, tools and testers – has begun to launch a revamped line of fiber optic cabling products with high definition images, detailed descriptions, and reduced prices. LANshack, whom recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary of being an eCommerce storefront, decided it was time to work on individual product lines and optimize them to their full potential.

 

The first category they have chosen to focus on is their fiber optic made in the USA custom line by QuickTreX cabling. “One of our most prominent and important product groups is our fiber optic offerings. Since we have been on the Internet for so long (15 Years) we realized that a self-audit was due. We found that although our products stayed up to date, our online descriptions, pictures and even pricing needed updating,” said President Tony Casazza.

 

To stay competitive within their market, LANshack decided to reevaluate their pricing points to offer a better value to their customers. “We found out that some of our pricing was based on older market conditions and that today many of the parts we use have actually gone down in price. So we revamped and lowered our pricing to reflect those changes,” said Casazza. “We expect a high demand in fiber optic products such as Pre-Terminated Assemblies and Fiber Equipment in the next 5-10 years which will be required by most data centers and we want to be ready for that trend,” he continued.

 

Detailed descriptions and high definition pictures are another focal point of the update. “We have reliable custom made in the USA fiber optic cables and assemblies, but our old descriptions weren’t getting that message across to the customer. We really wanted to educate our customers about the fact that we use high quality Corning Glass, plenum rated jackets, and that each cable is individually tested,” said Operations Manager Tom Damiano.

 

The entire LANshack website was updated in September of 2012 with a new logo, color scheme, and added features, but the company still felt more work needed to be done. “We are going to go through our product offerings one by one to offer the best cost and information to our customers,” Damiano concluded.

 

LANshack also offers a comprehensive line of tutorials, how-to videos, Cabling and Installation Industry News articles, and Blog posts. They can be followed on Facebook and Twitter to receive their up to date news and tips. To obtain additional product information, contact LANshack.com at 888-568-1230.

To stay current with market trends, LANshack targeted their Fiber Optic Product Line to offer better pricing and information to their customer base. They are currently engaged in updating their offerings with better descriptions and lower prices.

 

About LANshack.com - Founded in 1997, LANshack.com is an online distributor of high quality datacom products - such as copper cabling hardware, fiber optic cable assemblies, tools and testers - catering to the low voltage cabling industry for use in premise networks, security, and electrical applications. www.lanshack.com

 

Leviton to Present Data Center Seminar at BICSI Fall Conference

Seminar to cover installation of pre-terminated fiber cabling systems

Bothell, Washington, September 12, 2013 – Leviton announced today that Dennis Manes, RCDD, Principal Applications Engineer at Leviton Fiber and Data Center, will co-present at the 2013 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition with Ed Gastle, Network and Enterprise Test Training Manager at JDSU. The pre-conference seminar, “Plug-N-Play 10/40/100 GbE Fiber – Ensuring Performance in Your Data Center,” will take place on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Manes and Gastle will explore the best practices for implementing a multi-fiber system in data centers. They will also address common questions, such as: “Are there risks with moving too fast?” and “What steps should be taken to ensure there is ‘play’ after ‘plug’?”

In addition to the expertise provided by these two industry veterans, attendees can receive three BICSI ITS CECs for participating in this presentation.

Seminar information is available at https://www.bicsi.org/fall/2013/Schedule.aspx. For more information on Leviton’s data center solutions, visit www.leviton.com/ns.

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 leviton.com/ns or twitter.com/LevitonNS.

About Leviton

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

 

Leviton to Showcase New Opt-X® HD Fiber Enclosure System at the BICSI Fall Conference

New Opt-X HD Fiber Enclosure System part of high density solutions featured at booth

Bothell, Washington, September 16, 2013– Leviton will be featuring its new Opt-X HD Fiber Enclosure System at the 2013 BICSI Fall Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, from September 15-19. In addition to demonstrating the Opt-X system, Leviton’s exhibit – located at booth #316 – serves a showcase for a variety of the company’s leading networking solutions, including CAT 6A systems and fiber connectivity for 10/40/100 GbE applications.

Leviton’s new Opt-X HD Fiber Enclosure System increases fiber density by up to 50 percent within the same rack space for additional interconnect or cross-connect patching. It includes high-density enclosures, MTP® cassettes and adapter plates and the removable sliding tray makes for simple installation, organization and maintenance. A retrofit sliding tray is also available for existing Opt-X enclosures to accommodate high density.

The Opt-X HD Fiber Enclosure System is ideal for meeting the demand for density in rapidly growing data centers and telecommunications rooms.

For complete details on the system, visit: Leviton.com/OptxHD.

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 leviton.com/ns or twitter.com/LevitonNS.

About Leviton

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

 

Los Angeles Dodgers Add ShoreTel Unified Communications to Roster

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ShoreTel® (SHOR), the leading provider of unified communications systems including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, today announced the Los Angeles Dodgers have selected ShoreTel for front office and contact center operations to improve communications for staff and fans.

The third-oldest ballpark in baseball, Dodger Stadium completed a series of enhancements this past offseason. During this time, the team decided to replace its phone system with one that was more flexible, easier to manage and user friendly. The organization also uses the new system at its spring training home in Glendale, Ariz.

"Since we have a small IT team, ease of use and ease of administration were key factors in selecting our vendor, and ShoreTel provided that well above the others," said Ralph Esquibel, vice president of information technology for the Los Angeles Dodgers. "We've gone through big  changes on the stadium and the technology; the phone system, while typically complex, was a very simple project and one I didn't have to worry about."

With the help of Starnet Data Design, the Dodgers implemented the ShoreTel IP-PBX solution with integrated unified communications (UC), ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center, ShoreTel Mobility and ShoreTel Conferencing. According to Esquibel, the overall business benefits have been impressive, and feedback from users has been positive.

"With ShoreTel, we now have unified communications capabilities for the entire staff and the ability to streamline CRM operations in contact center," said Esquibel. "Having communications both on- and off-site using ShoreTel Mobility has completely changed the way our employees and executives engage with fans and other business units. And the solution is saving us money, particularly on administration, since now help desk staff can make changes instead of needing a system admin-level engineer like before."

"The Dodger franchise has a long history of innovation off the field, so it's fitting it selected the leading UC solution for its first-class stadium and spring training facility," said David Petts, senior VP of worldwide sales for ShoreTel. "The Dodgers are the third major league baseball team to select ShoreTel for its UC needs, joining rival San Francisco Giants and the Miami Marlins."

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

About Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 21 National League pennants since its beginnings in Brooklyn in 1890, is committed to a tradition of pride and excellence. The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community. With the highest cumulative fan attendance in Major League Baseball history, and a record of breaking barriers, the Dodgers are one of the most cherished sports franchises in the world.

Visit the Dodgers online at www.dodgers.com, follow them on Twitter @Dodgers and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Dodgers. For media information, visit www.dodgerspressbox.com.

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

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

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

 

How Tough Is Your Meter?

Klein® Tools Introduces Its Toughest Meter Yet -- The MM500 Auto Ranging Multimeter

August 19, 2013 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools, (http://www.kleintools.com/) for professionals since 1857, introduced its new MM500 Auto Ranging Multimeter today in response to increasing requests from professionals for meters that stand up to real world environments. The MM500 Auto Ranging Multimeter is an easy-to-use tool for verifying or troubleshooting electrical circuits safely and reliably.  With a totally sealed IP67 dust and waterproof rated case, 3 m / 10 ft. drop protection and one of the highest safety ratings -- CAT IV (600V), the MM500 is tougher than the average meter in the field today.

“We have heard so many stories of professionals babying their meters with special bags and cases. On more than a few occasions, people have stated that they even take their cheaper/older meter up on the ladder in case they drop it,” states John McDevitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Klein Tools has designed test and measurement products to meet the utmost levels of safety and durability so they can weather the harsh job site conditions like the rest of our tools.”

The MM500 Auto Ranging Multimeter measures up to 750 volts AC and DC, resistance and continuity. It has a user-friendly three button functionality, detects AC or DC voltage automatically, and includes both visual and audible continuity indicators. Self-storing leads are perfectly spaced for quick measurements of tamperproof outlets. Auto-Hold automatically locks readings on the display when measuring in hard to access areas. Other MM500 features include a 4000 count LCD display, low battery indicator, and auto-power off. By design, the meter uses easy-to-find AAA batteries and includes a battery door with captive screws to eliminate lost fasteners.  Standards met: IP 67 dust and waterproof, 3 m/10 ft. drop protection and CAT IV (600V) safety rating.

“To confirm the MM500 was strong enough to meet our high standards, Klein put it through some grueling tests and posted the videos online,” states Bruce Kuhn, test and measurement product manager. “We wanted to make sure the MM500 was tougher than the water, dirt, drops, collisions and working voltage of the real world, before we would label it a Klein tough meter.”

To view the durability tests or for more information regarding Klein Tools “Tougher Than” meters and test and measurement line of products visit: http://www.kleintools.com/tougherthan.  To join the TougherThan conversation online visit facebook.com/kleintools or @Klein_Tools.

Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in seven plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com

 

SNAKE TRAY Introduces Hand Bendable Mega Snake®, A High Capacity Cable Tray That Can Bend Around Obstacles

Cable tray installations are never a straight run!  Snake Tray is pleased to introduce the hand bendable Mega Snake to bend around obstacles in buildings.  Mega Snake is the preconfigured high capacity overhead cable tray that comes in straights, turns and Ts to make installation quick and cost effective.  Now with the new bendable Mega Snake component even the most cumbersome obstacle can be easily managed.

Mega Snake’s unique design can convey thousands of cables for large cable runs. Snake Rail, a built-in suspension system, requires no brackets and allows for random placement of the hanging rod system.  Snake Rail can seamlessly interface with other size Snake Trays as well as patch panels, strain relief and fiber optic pass over devices.  Onsite fabrication of turns, tees and cross sections are no longer required with our pre-manufactured components. Mega Snake is the first large sized cable tray to be built that nests together for cost effective shipping and easy onsite handling. 

For further information on Snake Tray products please call 800-308-6788, email info@snaketray.com, or visit www.snaketray.com.

 

NFPA – Natl. Fire Protection Association NEWS July to Mid September 2013

  • 09/16/2013 NFPA hosts Urban Fire Forum
  • 09/16/2013 September/October issue of the NFPA Journal is available
  • 09/13/2013 NFPA receives FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant
  • 09/03/2013 NASFM honors Fire Protection Research Foundation’s Casey Grant with Norman Y. Mineta Excellence in Transportation Safety Award
  • 08/30/2013 NFPA appoints Shayne Mintz new regional director for Canada
  • 08/29/2013 September and October are peak months for fires in college housing
  • 08/22/2013 NFPA offers tools, tips and resources for October’s Fire Prevention Week
  • 08/20/2013 NFPA 2013 Remembering When conference on fire and fall prevention slated for December
  • 08/15/2013 High wildfire danger alert prompts Idaho residents to prepare ahead to reduce homes’ risk from wildfire
  • 08/15/2013 Fire Protection Research Foundation receives grant from Project Paradigm
  • 08/15/2013 NFPA releases 2014 National Electrical Code
  • 08/13/2013 Fire Protection Research Foundation Symposium to identify and explore emerging issues in fire and electrical safety
  • 08/12/2013 NFPA launches NEC online resource for the electrical community
  • 08/07/2013 Fire Protection Research Foundation project examines sprinkler protection for cloud
  • 08/06/2013 Media Statement regarding lawsuit against Public.Resource.org
  • 08/05/2013 Sparky the Fire Dog goes mobile to make fire safety information more accessible
  • 07/25/2013 NFPA hires Karen Berard-Reed to oversee public education outreach for high-risk audiences
  • 07/23/2013 Sally Everett appointed to National Fire Protection Association legal team
  • 07/15/2013 NFPA awards scholarships to fire safety students
  • 07/15/2013 Fire Protection Research Foundation announces winners of the 2013 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards
  • 07/12/2013 NFPA Journal features mass notification system at Texas racetrack
  • 07/11/2013 NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond conference explores wildfire safety issues

The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

NFPA membership totals more than 70,000 individuals around the world. www.nfpa.org

 

PANDUIT AND GENERAL CABLE TO SHOWCASE  = PAnGen® STRUCTURED CABLING systems At BICSI LAS VEGAS

Partners Delivering Technology-Enabling Systems for Performance-Driven Applications

TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS, AND HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, September 13, 2013 – Panduit Corp., a world leader in network and electrical solutions, and General Cable (NYSE: BGC), a global manufacturer of aluminum, copper and fiber optic wire and cable, will be jointly exhibiting at the upcoming BICSI Fall Conference September 15-18 (Booth #231/330) in Las Vegas, NV. 

Global leaders in connectivity and cable, Panduit and General Cable introduced the PanGen comprehensive line of open architecture connectivity and cabling solutions into North America 10 years ago. PanGen Structured Cabling Systems Solutions are designed to meet diverse network infrastructure requirements with nine solution offerings.  The components in these systems consist of high-performance Category 6A, Category 6, Category 5e and Fiber network connectivity for customers with higher-end applications in vertical markets such as enterprise, healthcare and education. 

“The Panduit and General Cable vision is to provide organizations with the ability to host essential current and emerging business applications,” said Bob Kenny, General Cable SVP, Global Communications & GM, North America Communications. “These solutions have been engineered through high-level research and development, manufacturing excellence, rigorous quality standards and performance testing. The end result is the delivery of superior quality IT infrastructure solutions.”

“Our continued PanGen partnership capitalizes on our respective strengths. Working together, we are committed to providing customer-focused solutions that deliver best-in-class quality, performance and lowest installed cost,” said Andrew Caveney, Panduit SVP, Global Marketing.

All PanGen Systems are backed by comprehensive technical support and are eligible to receive a 25-year warranty, provided the installation meets all of the terms and conditions of the PanGen System Warranty Program. PanGen structured network cabling and connectivity systems are sold through authorized General Cable and Panduit distributors. For more information, please visit pangensolutions.com or contact General Cable at 800.424.5666 or Panduit at 800.777.3300.

About PANDUIT

Panduit is a world-class developer and provider of leading-edge solutions that connect, manage and automate the physical infrastructure. Panduit Unified Physical InfrastructureSM (UPI)-based solutions help customers integrate core business systems for a smarter, unified business foundation. Our robust partner ecosystem, global staff, and unmatched service and support make Panduit a valuable and trusted partner. Visit the company’s web site at www.panduit.com.

About GENERAL CABLE

GENERAL CABLE (NYSE: BGC), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a 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 57 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries and employs approximately 14,000 associates. Visit the company’s web site at www.generalcable.com.


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