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Issue: April 2012
By: Frank Bisbee


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Healthcare facilities across the USA are filled with millions of miles of plenum rated cables that may represent a significant threat to public safety.

TEFLON CHEMICAL exposure linked to cancer - How long will the NFPA look the other way?

Panel finds probable link between C8, 2 cancers in study of exposures near W.Va. plant


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Mid-Ohio Valley residents who settled a lawsuit will be eligible for medical monitoring programs after a science panel concluded a probable link exists between exposure to a chemical used by a DuPont plant in West Virginia and testicular and kidney cancers, attorneys for the residents said Monday.

While issuing its findings on testicular and kidney cancers, the C8 Science Panel also found no link between the chemical, also known as or perfluorooctanoic acid, and 19 other types of cancer, along with adult onset diabetes.

"We are pleased that the community now has some definitive answers to their concerns about whether they have been put at risk for serious adverse health effects because of their exposure to (C8) in their drinking water," said Robert Bilott, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

Harry Deitzler, another attorney for the plaintiffs, said the probable link requires DuPont to spend as much as $235 million on medical monitoring programs to help detect the onset of C8-linked diseases among residents in the settlement. A medical panel was selected last week to determine what extent of monitoring may be appropriate.

In addition, Deitzler said members of the class-action settlement can now pursue personal injury or wrongful death claims against DuPont relating to diseases that the science panel concluded has probable links to C8. Attorneys are reviewing potential individual claims of clients who qualify, Deitzler said.

DuPont has paid more than $20 million to treat water supplies under the settlement, and Monday's findings "insure that DuPont will continue to fund" water treatment upgrades, he said.

DuPont, which uses C8 at its Washington Works plant near Parkersburg, issued a statement Monday defending its actions to minimize C8 exposure and that the company "will continue to meet its obligations under the West Virginia litigation."

DuPont plans to stop making and using C8 by 2015.

Since being formed in 2005 as part of the class-action settlement, the three-member science panel has evaluated data collected from about 70,000 residents.

The panel interviewed 28,000 residents and 4,000 workers from 2009 to 2011 about their medical histories. More than 3,600 respondents reported having some type of cancer. Some cases weren't validated because the panel didn't receive consent to review medical records, while others weren't validated because medical records failed to confirm the diagnosis.

"We didn't include people simply because they told us they had cancer," said Dr. Kyle Steenland, a panel member. "We had to back it up with official records, and that took time and great attention to detail."

In December, the science panel released a study on reproduction issues that said some pregnant women exposed to C8 reported high blood pressure, though there were not enough cases to show a direct link between the two. An earlier report issued by the science panel found a "small but clearly present" association between C8 and preeclampsia.

The science panel is expected to issue more comprehensive findings by July.

By John Raby, Associated Press | Associated Press – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 12:37 PM EDT

Currently, information on this issue is being submitted to the NFPA 90A Committee www.nfpa.org  for review. Hopefully, they can develop a plan to analyze the threat to public safety and an agenda to develop a more comprehensive code for the materials that are installed in the building’s air systems. Plenum approved cable should not contain materials that produce chemical warfare weapons (similar to phosgene nerve gas). Check the MSDS for the facts.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

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Integrated Systems Contractor (the new supplement) is now part of the Electrical Contractor magazine

Integrated Systems Contractor is the recent supplement to the Electrical Contractor magazine. This new addition to that magazine is all about “right time, right place, right price”. The Integrated Systems Contractor reflects the current and future state of the infrastructure industry better than any other publication available and to the largest audience. We estimate that between print readership and on-line page views, this top-rated publication reaches more than one million four hundred and fifty thousand readers each month. That is a huge audience and it’s growing as more people learn about the concept of electrify, illuminate, and communicate in an integrated system.

We think this new facet of the Electrical Contractor magazine provides an ideal platform for the manufacturers, distributors, contractors and consumers to get their message across. If your company makes a new widget, only the applications will drive sales.

End-user applications are unveiled and new product configurations are revealed. It is a real WIN-WIN scenario. If you are looking for a very effective way to get out your message, this is the best choice you can make. Consumer research by the magazine is directed to uncover the latest and greatest applications to marry technology and drive operational savings.

Whether you call it “smart building”,” intelligent building”, or “automated building”: it is probably the biggest wave to come along in decades. Cost savings, greener technology, better security, a barrier to obsolescence – all add up to Integrated Systems. Healthcare, Education, Government and Commercial Real Estate sectors are already driving programs industry wide to increase the adoption and implementation of Integrated Systems. So, who gonna call? The Integrated Systems Contractor is the recent supplement to the Electrical Contractor magazine. www.ecmag.com

If you are looking for a way to get your message out to the readers, call or e-mail Dominique Minor – Administrative Assistant to John Maisel – Publisher. Dominique.minor@necanet.org  or Tel. (301-215-4502). She can connect you with the answer.

 

Are all pre-terminated fiber-optic cables equal? NO. and, it is to your advantage to learn more about them

The factory pre-terminated fiber-optic cable assemblies (aka: "Ready Pull") have received rave reviews from most customers. The assemblies can be ordered in either indoor (plenum) or outdoor versions, and in 4, 6, 12 or 24 strand fiber counts, and in multimode or single-mode. A pulling eye can be factory installed on either end or on both ends of the cable. The pulling eye (and associated cable netting) will protect the pre-terminated ends during the pull. This product is a great time and money saver for those who occasionally install fiber optic cabling. Check out the incredible advantages of using Megladon Manufacturing’s ScratchGuard ™ HLC technology. HLC is a patented process that delivers a connection superior to every other connection we tested on pre-terminated fiber optic cables. BIG DIFFERENCE www.megladonmfg.com

The HLC process was specifically designed to minimize insertion loss, optical return loss and wave dependent loss across a fiber optic interconnect instead of settling for an industry recognized loss specification. It does so by resolving many of the variables that cause loss such as misalignment, geometric differences between end faces on a mated pair and others. The hardened lens end face resists scratching and build up of contaminants which lead to increased loss. Megladon’s HLC end face ensures you experience the true performance of your network hardware.

Is it necessary to field terminate fiber optic cabling systems? Not necessarily. If one has a good layout design and can accurately determine cable lengths between termination points, it's possible to have a complete cabling system factory made and delivered to the worksite ready to install and plug together.

Prefabricated cable assemblies have been around for decades. In the early days of fiber optics for premises links, making a good field termination was more difficult than today. Many connectors used metal ferrules to hold the fiber that were hard to glue to the glass fiber. These metal connectors were difficult to properly polish because the metal contaminated the polishing films, sometimes requiring wet polishing. And the tolerances on the machined ferrules make low loss connectors a hit-or-miss proposition.
Many cable and patch cord manufacturers offer a cable termination service. You specified what kind and number of fibers you needed, the cable and connector type and the length and the manufacturer would supply a completed assembly. And they guaranteed the connector and cable losses. There was no field termination needed.

However, it was very important to accurately specify the cable length. That could be difficult in a premises environment, where cables go up and down walls, over ceilings and around obstacles. The usual method was to have plenty of extra length and store the excess in service loops in out of the way places like above the ceiling.
Another problem was how to protect the connectors during the installation process. Several manufacturers designed custom boots that fit over the connectors for protection and included a pulling loop attached to the strength members of the cable.

This worked fairly well, especially for small fiber count cables of the breakout type where the jacketed simplex fibers provided protection to each connector. Distribution cables required more care because the connectors directly attached to the tight-buffered fibers had less protection. But under any circumstances, the total fiber count was limited because of the size of the fiber optic connectors common to the era made bunches of them inside a pulling boot bulky and hard to pull.

The next development was creating a modular system that used multifiber cables with mass termination connectors (generally MTPs) and plug-in modules at the patch panel. Ribbon cable has become a standard item, widely used in many large fiber count cables. Ribbon connectors, especially the MTP, have improved in performance enough to allow them to be used in mass terminations of pre-terminated cables. With the MTP, 12 fibers can be terminated in a connector hardly more bulky than a typical SC, which is easily pulled and installed. Using 12 fiber ribbon cables and MTP connectors, 12 connector modules could be easily prefabricated and installed. Complete modular systems included a module at each end and prefabricated ribbon cables for installation between termination points.

Verizon’s desire to reduce installation time and cost in their fiber to the home programs (FiOS) spurred the development of outside plant prefab fiber optic cabling systems. The Verizon need was a result of volume. When you need to install connections to several million homes per year, small savings in time and labor cost become very important. In addition, finding enough experienced installation techs or training them is not easy.

Manufacturers actually came up with a simple, elegant solution. Create a rugged, weather-sealed plastic shell around the MTP connector that provides protection before, during and after installation. Multifiber cables are installed by regular fiber techs from the central offices to near the homes, where mating drop boxes with 4, 6, 8 or 12 terminations are available. The FTTH tech plugs a cable into the drop box on one end and a network interface box on the home and the fiber installation is completed. (Photo courtesy Corning Cable Systems)

But is a cabling system based on a concept developed for applications numbering in the millions cost effective for a single custom system? The only generalization that can be made is a factory-made product will probably be higher in component cost and lower in installation labor cost. For any given installation, it’s really necessary to price it both ways (being realistic on installation costs) for a cost comparison. Then the customer should consider the intangibles.

Prefabricated systems are faster to install so if the cabling is going into a building currently occupied, say an airport, it may cause less work disruption. If the location is in a big city where labor costs are high, the factory-made system may be lower cost. If good design drawings are available, like in new construction, the engineering time to develop the cable plant design may be much lower. More fiber users are considering pre-terminated fiber optic cabling systems.

Pre-terminated fiber optic cable assemblies cut installation time and cost drastically. Many people unfamiliar with fiber optic cable and termination believe it to be very complex, fragile and expensive. Pre-terminated fiber optic cable offers a fast, simple and reliable solution that also installs in half the time of traditional field terminated systems.

Traditional premise fiber optic cables, hardware, fusion splicing and connection in the field have remained more or less the same over time. Trying to hurry the installation process using these old methods carries a risk that quality and reliability can suffer. As a result, the final deployment can be more costly and slower, and can significantly affect the production environment. Generally speaking, it all becomes more complex and costly than is strictly necessary.

Fiber cable pre-terminated is available in a single-mode, 50µm, or 62.5 µm, and loose tube outside plant or flame retardant indoor/outdoor cable carrying from six to 144 fibers and just about any other fiber you can think of.

This solution will require slightly more time in the design phase spent in determining and measuring appropriate lengths, spacing and technical requirements. Long term expansion and growth can be easily planned during this time. Time spent early in the design phase results in reduced time spent in the field installation phase.

You can order this cable in any length, with any connectors and any fiber type your application calls out for.

No Compromises from Megladon ...Means No Worries On Performance.

Megladon Mfg can offer a comprehensive line of pre-terminated multi-fiber cables in a variety of cable configurations and connector types. Each pre-terminated multi-fiber cable is custom built to the customer’s specific performance requirement, application migration plan and installation environment.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Lower installation cost.
  • Lower cost of ownership.
  • No consumables, termination tool kits or specialized termination training required.
  • No cable preparation necessary.
  • No installer termination errors.
  • Cables arrive ready for installation and are available with factory installed pulling eyes.
  • Fully tested, labeled and documented.
  • Higher performing factory terminated connectors provide improved end-to-end attenuation, throughput and application migration.
  • Improved link loss budgets.
  • No cable or connector scrap.

General Information for the cabling industry

We terminate fiber optic cable two ways - with connectors that can mate two fibers to create a temporary joint and/or connect the fiber to a piece of network gear or with splices which create a permanent joint between the two fibers. These terminations must be of the right style, installed in a manner that makes them have little light loss and protected against dirt or damage in use. No area of fiber optics has been given greater attention than termination. Manufacturers have come up with over 80 styles of connectors and about a dozen ways to install them. There are two types of splices and many ways of implementing the splice. Fortunately for me and you, only a few types are used most applications. Different connectors and splice termination procedures are used for single-mode and multimode connectors, so make sure you know what the fiber will be before you specify connectors or splices!

Connectors

We'll start our section on termination by considering connectors. Since fiber optic technology was introduced in the late 70s, numerous connector styles have been developed. Each new design was meant to offer better performance (less light loss and back reflection), easier and/or termination and lower cost. Of course, the marketplace determines which connectors are ultimately successful.

Connector and Splice Loss Mechanisms

Connector and splice loss is caused by a number of factors. Loss is minimized when the two fiber cores are identical and perfectly aligned, the connectors or splices are properly finished and no dirt is present. Only the light that is coupled into the receiving fiber's core will propagate, so all the rest of the light becomes the connector or splice loss.

End gaps cause two problems, insertion loss and return loss. The emerging cone of light from the connector will spill over the core of the receiving fiber and be lost. In addition, the air gap between the fibers causes a reflection when the light encounters the change n refractive index from the glass fiber to the air in the gap. This reflection (called Fresnel reflection) amounts to about 5% in typical flat polished connectors, and means that no connector with an air gap can have less than 0.3 dB loss. This reflection is also referred to as back reflection or optical return loss, which can be a problem in laser based systems. Connectors use a number of polishing techniques to insure physical contact of the fiber ends to minimize back reflection. On mechanical splices, it is possible to reduce back reflection by using non-perpendicular cleaves, which cause back reflections to be absorbed in the cladding of the fiber.

The end finish of the fiber must be properly polished to minimize loss. A rough surface will scatter light and dirt can scatter and absorb light. Since the optical fiber is so small, typical airborne dirt can be a major source of loss. Whenever connectors are not terminated, they should be covered to protect the end of the ferrule from dirt. One should never touch the end of the ferrule, since the oils on one's skin causes the fiber to attract dirt. Before connection and testing, it is advisable to clean connectors with lint-free wipes moistened with isopropyl alcohol.

Two sources of loss are directional; numerical aperture (NA) and core diameter. Differences in these two will create connections that have different losses depending on the direction of light propagation. Light from a fiber with a larger NA will be more sensitive to angularity and end gap, so transmission from a fiber of larger NA to one of smaller NA will be higher loss than the reverse. Likewise, light from a larger fiber will have high loss coupled to a fiber of smaller diameter, while one can couple a small diameter fiber to a large diameter fiber with minimal loss, since it is much less sensitive to end gap or lateral offset.

These fiber mismatches occur for two reasons. The occasional need to interconnect two dissimilar fibers and production variances in fibers of the same nominal dimensions. With two multimode fibers in usage today and two others which have been used occasionally in the past and several types of single-mode fiber in use, it is possible to sometimes have to connect dissimilar fibers or use systems designed for one fiber on another. Some system manufacturers provide guidelines on using various fibers, some don't. If you connect a smaller fiber to a larger one, the coupling losses will be minimal, often only the Fresnel loss (about 0.3 dB). But connecting larger fibers to smaller ones results in substantial losses, not only due to the smaller cores size, but also the smaller NA of most small core fibers.

Important Ordering Information

1) Cable Jacket Types

Indoor (Plenum): The cable is rated for all indoor installations, including plenum rated spaces. A cable rated for plenum installation will have low-smoke characteristics as defined by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) in the current adopted NEC – National Electrical Code. (CMP or CMR).

Outdoor: Outdoor cables are filled with a water blocking jell and are rated for all outdoor applications except for "direct bury". This cable is suitable for underground installation in conduit, overhead lashed to a guy wire, or secured to a building or other permanent outdoor structure. The drawback of the jell-filled cable is that it is mandated at a maximum of 50 feet run indoors due to fire-code regulations.

Please note that the only difference between outdoor (jell-filled) and direct bury cable is that the latter has an added overall metallic sheath which gives it protection from rodents. If you require a direct bury cable, contact your supplier sales contact for a quote.

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor/Outdoor cables are approved for use in underground conduits, even if the possibility of water infiltration exists. Indoor/Outdoor cables are not recommended for aerial installations. The advantage of using Indoor/Outdoor over standard Outdoor cable is that it does not have the 50 foot restriction for indoor installation that standard outdoor cable has. This cable has an overall PVC sheath and is not rated for plenum spaces.

2) Running Through Different Environments

Say for example that you have a cable run that will go from building A to building B. In building A, there is a 100 foot run through a plenum space. Then the cable must run overhead from pole to pole for a distance of 550 feet to building B. In building B, the cable must be run for a distance of 150 feet through a plenum space. This cannot be done with a single cable. The way to do this is with three separate cables. The pre-terminated cables can be joined together in buildings A & B by the use of Fiber Optic Distribution Boxes.

3) How To Take An Accurate Measurement

It is extremely important to take an accurate measurement when planning an order for a custom pre-terminated fiber optic cable assembly. These custom assemblies cannot be returned unless out of box defective.

We recommend that you fish through a small (200 lb. rated) polypropylene pull string from end to end (termination point to termination point). The string should follow the exact path and be shaped to the run in the exact way that the final cable will be installed, from end to end. At each termination end, shape the string over to the termination point and add at least 15 feet and cut the string. Once this has been done on both ends the string should be removed. You may want to replace the string with a heavier rope for later pulling of the cable (see installation recommendations item #2 below). Once the string is removed, take an accurate measurement and record it. It is always better to have a cable that is longer than shorter for obvious reasons. Slack coils of the cable may be put by each termination point.

4) Pulling Eye Recommendations

Optional pulling eyes are highly recommended. The pulling eye pulling eye (and associated cable netting) will protect the pre-terminated ends during the pull. In many cases, pulling is not done from point to point, but rather from an intermediate point pulling back in each direction to each termination location. In that scenario, you will need to order the cable with two pulling eyes. In many cases, a cable run is planned to pull direct from point to point. When the installation begins, occasionally, the decision is made to pull from an intermediate point rather than from point to point (in which case you'll be glad that you ordered the extra pulling eye).

Installation Recommendations

1) Planning the Run

1a) Underground Conduits: We recommend that underground conduits, if newly installed, should be a minimum size of between 1½" to 2". If the run is long, or if you anticipate the possibility of additional future pulls, you may want to install a conduit of up to 4" (or greater). Once the trench is dug, the installation of the conduit is comparably easy and inexpensive. You may also want to consider installing additional conduits for future use.

1b) Conduit Installations General Information:

  • Try to design the conduit run with a few bends as possible. If there are too many bends in the run then you may consider installing junction boxes in lieu of bends. Note: There is some controversy on installing junction boxes in lieu of bends.
  • Use plastic bushings on conduit ends to avoid damage to the cable during the pull.

1c) In Buildings: It is not necessary to pull fiber optic cable in INNERDUCT. Innerduct is strictly a personal preference. The following instruction takes into consideration that you will pull the fiber optic cable directly into the ceiling or other space. Plan for straight pulls only (point A to point B). Diagonal pulling across an area will be OK but it would make for a neater and more professional installation to install the cable at an angle that is parallel to a wall. Do not attempt to pull the cable around a corner, even if you plan on having a person feeding it from hand to hand around the corner. Instead, pull all of the cable out (at the turn) and lay it on the floor in a figure 8 pattern

2) Installing the cable

2a) Rope Size: It is important to use a rope size that give minimal stretching during the pull. Stretching of the rope is undesirable for several reasons including that it makes for a very unstable pull, and takes away control from those doing the pulling. This is why we do not recommend using 200 lb. pull string (aka: jetline) to pull the cable. We recommend a heavier rope that is anywhere from a ¼” to ½” in thickness. The thickness of the rope should increase with greater pull lengths. Have the pull rope installed before the cable pulling crew arrives for maximum efficiency.

2b) Communication between the person feeding and the person pulling the cable is absolutely essential. If the person feeding runs into a snag then the puller must stop immediately to avoid damage to the cable. Walkie-talkies would come in handy for this purpose. Use of great pulling force is not recommended and will likely damage the terminations and/or the cable.

2c) Use a generous amount of cable-pulling lubricant on the entire run, especially on the leader (pulling eye & mesh). The person may stop the cable pull from time to time to prepare and apply more lubricant. Be sure to use only lubricant that is expressly designed for cable pulling. When working in freezing temperatures, use a lubricant that is designed not to freeze.

2d) Do make every effort to pull cables from a conduit in as straight an angle as possible. Pulling on an angle can cause damage to the cable.

2e) How to Handle Slack: When pulling cable out from a conduit or ceiling, it will become necessary to coil up the cable in preparation to pull it in another direction. Fiber Optic cable has a "memory". That is to say that it holds its contour that it formed while being on a reel. Do not try to re-coil the cable in a circular pattern; Use a figure - 8 pattern. When you are finished pulling out all of the slack, turn the figure - 8 cable 360° (upside down) and proceed to setup to pull it in the other direction.

2f) Removing the Pull Eye: Use extreme caution when removing the pull eye. Do not use a blade to slit the mesh. Instead, use a pair of electrician’s scissors or diagonal cutters. Work your way from the back of the cable toward the pull eye, while lifting the mesh upward, away from the cable.

2g) Follow Building Codes: Always obey all local, and national, fire and building codes. Be sure to "fire-stop" all cables that penetrate a firewall. Use plenum rated cable where it is mandated, etc.

 

Paul Trunk replaces Kevin St. Cyr as President of Berk-Tek

New Holland, PA – April 12, 2012 Copper and fiber optic cabling technology and solutions leader Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, is pleased to announce Paul Trunk as the President of Berk-Tek and Vice President and General Manager of Nexans LAN Division North America, reporting to Steve Hall, Nexans Executive Vice President – North and South America.

Trunk replaces Kevin St.Cyr who had been with Berk-Tek for 16 years as President, and in previous positions as Product Group LAN Manager, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  St. Cyr recently resigned to pursue other business opportunities, probably with another cable manufacturer, like CommScope.

In this new role, Trunk is responsible for all Sales & Marketing, Operations, Research and Development, Human Resources, Finance and I.T. functions for the North America LAN division including both New Holland and Fuquay-Varina sites.  Paul has 15 years of service with Berk-Tek as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing including two years as Regional Sales Manager.  “Paul has delivered consistent operating profit and budgeted sales revenue, promoted the growth of the fiber assembly business, formed the NetClear alliance and developed the OEM and National Account programs,” states Hall.  

Trunk has over 35 years experience in Sales and Marketing and holds a Marketing MBA from DePaul University and a BA in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College.

Nexans Company

With energy as the basis of its development, Nexans, worldwide “expert” in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling systems. The Group is a global player in the infrastructure, industry, building and Local Area Network markets. Nexans addresses a series of market segments: from energy, transport and telecom networks to shipbuilding, oil and gas, nuclear power, automotives, electronics, aeronautics, material handling and automation. Nexans is a responsible industrial company that regards sustainable development as integral to its global and operational strategy. Continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development and engagement, and the introduction of safe industrial processes with limited environmental impact are among the key initiatives that place Nexans at the core of a sustainable future. With an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 23,700 people and had sales in 2010 of 6 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, please consult www.nexans.com  For more than 45 years, Berk-Tek 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 manufacturing facilities in New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. For more information, visit www.berktek.com.

 

Four Industry Leaders to be honored with NAED Annual Achievement Awards

Tom Cloud of United Electric Supply Receives NAED's Highest Honor

ST.
LOUIS... The National Association of Electrical Distributors will honor four industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the electrical industry with NAED Annual Achievement Awards.

The awards, recognizing individuals and companies that embody the industry's highest standards, will be given during a closing ceremony at the 2012 NAED National Meeting in Washington D.C. on Friday, April 27, from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park.

NAED congratulates:

·                     Tom Cloud, chairman of New Castle, Del.-based United Electric Supply and recipient of NAED's highest honor, the 2012 Arthur W. Hooper Achievement Award. This honor is presented to an individual who has led an exceptional career in electrical distribution spanning many years. Cloud has served the industry for nearly 40 years, joining United Electric in 1973 as the company's first controller before becoming vice president -- general manager. In 1995, he became president and CEO of the company, after successfully spearheading an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, which enabled employees to purchase the company from its former owner. A NAED veteran member, Cloud has served as vice president for Eastern Region Council and as a board member of the NAED Research & Education Foundation. As chair of the NAED Board of Directors, he expanded the association by opening membership to electrical manufacturers.

·                     Larry Stern, president of Milwaukee-based Standard Electric Supply and recipient of the 2012 NAED Distributor Distinguished Service Award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service to NAED and the electrical distribution industry. Throughout his 20 years of service to the industry, Stern has been deeply involved in NAED as a member of the NAED Board of Directors, SPA Task Force and IDEA Board of Directors. He has also served as vice president of the South Central Region Council and, earlier in his career, on the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Committee.

·                     Liz O'Grady, national sales manager with Thomas & Betts in Memphis, Tenn., and recipient of the 2012 Associate Service Award, for her consistent promotion and support of the tenets and goals of NAED. Over the years, she has been instrumental in the NAED Women in Industry Forum and has demonstrated leadership through her involvement in the NAED Manufacturers and Associates Advisory councils, and continued participation at NAED conferences.

·                     Legrand will receive the 2012 NAED Industry Award of Merit. This award is presented in recognition of a company or individual in the electrical manufacturing business that has been remarkably active in promoting and supporting the wholesale electrical distribution industry. Legrand is receiving this award for its dedication and commitment to both NAED and the industry.

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

WWW.NAED.ORG 

 

The UC tide (UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS)

By John Dix, Network World - April 09, 2012

Many companies haven't bothered to flesh out their unified communications strategies because 1) it can be hard to calculate ROI, and 2) the deployment effort is often daunting given so much custom work is required to piece together the various components that make up an integrated UC system.

The secret to the former, experts say, is to think small and identify one or two measurable targets for a subset of employees. Can you, for example, figure out how to use the tools to improve customer response times?

A BRIEF HISTORY OF UC:Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

Many companies haven't bothered to flesh out their unified communications strategies because 1) it can be hard to calculate ROI, and 2) the deployment effort is often daunting given so much custom work is required to piece together the various components that make up an integrated UC system.

The secret to the former, experts say, is to think small and identify one or two measurable targets for a subset of employees. Can you, for example, figure out how to use the tools to improve customer response times?

A BRIEF HISTORY OF UC:

But there are no simple answers to the questions surrounding deployment. There are many ways to approach the opportunity, lots of competing technologies and loads of legacy investments to accommodate.

Related Content

Network World recently fielded a study on UC that provides a glimpse into how some buyers are approaching the task. For example, when asked which technology they are using to build out UC, 43% of the 1,105 respondents said they are building from voice/telephone-centric systems. Second most popular was messaging/email at 27%, while 13% were working to UC-enable specific applications. Only 4% are taking a video-centric approach (3% said "other" and 10% said they weren't sure).

Asked whether they are using any cloud resources for the efforts, more than half (51%) said no, that they are using private, on-premise UC tools, but 8% are relying on a managed solution (where the customer still owns the infrastructure), while 9% went with a hosted option and 22% are using a hybrid approach.

Some of the impetus to get going with UC is the bring-your-own-device movement. Asked if the influx of consumer devices was accelerating their UC plans, 20% said yes, significantly. Another 47% said yes, somewhat, while 28% said no (and 5% said they weren't sure).

How about the importance of video in UC? Only 8% said video was critical to their organization's approach to UC, but 28% said it was very important and 41% said it was somewhat important. One-fifth of the group said video was not important.

Given the difficulty of building an ROI case for UC, it isn't surprising that cost/funding topped the list of biggest UC challenges, cited by 54% of the respondents, but many other impediments were also listed: integration with existing infrastructure, 47%; lack of skill sets, 33%; security concerns, 31%; bandwidth limitations, 27%; difficulty extending UC to mobile workers, 24%; and integration issues with consumer devices, 21%.

In the meantime, of course, elements of UC keep creeping into the enterprise, whether there is a sanctioned strategy or not. Bits show up in new application features, in new Smartphone functions, and of course, employees can stitch together their own environments using things like Google Voice. Do you wait to see what develops, or do you get out ahead of it and plan accordingly?

 Reprinted with permission from Network World magazine - the premier provider of information, intelligence and insight for Network and IT Executives. With an editorial focus on delivering news, opinion and analytical tools for key decision makers who architect, deploy and manage business solutions, Network World offers a unique and powerful combination of audiences and resources across Online, Print and Events to meet your marketing objectives.

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ShoreTel Completes Acquisition Of M5 Networks

Addition of Hosted Unified Communications Solution Positions ShoreTel to Lead in the Emerging Cloud Services Market

ShoreTel®(NASDAQ:SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC) and contact center capabilities, today announced it has completed its acquisition of M5 Networks as of March 23, 2012. With the addition of M5’s hosted Unified Communications to its portfolio, ShoreTel is in a unique position to offer both on-premise and hosted VoIP and UC solutions. This will enable ShoreTel to attract new customers, open new channels, and increase revenue streams at a time when companies are increasingly considering cloud-based services.

“Purchasing an established provider of hosted communications and contact center services is a game-changing move that promises to differentiate ShoreTel significantly from its traditional competitors in the market for UC and contact center solutions,” said analyst Brian Riggs of Current Analysis.

ShoreTel is at an advantage over competitors in the emerging hosted VoIP and UC market by acquiring M5’s established hosted business model and expertise. This will accelerate ShoreTel’s ability to enter the cloud market and add value to customers that are looking to deploy IP communications with all the benefits a hosted model provides. For customers that are committed to premise-based solutions, ShoreTel continues to offer IP telephony and UC solutions with the lowest TCO and highest customer satisfaction in the industry. And for companies that are still evaluating whether a hosted or on-premise solution is best for their needs, ShoreTel is the only vendor able to give unbiased advice to help them find the ideal solution.

“When I joined the company just over one year ago, I outlined a strategic plan that included three priorities: continuing to grow market share in our core premise-based business both domestically and internationally, launching ShoreTel Mobility for integrating Smartphones and tablets with IP PBX systems, and introducing a cloud-based hosted solution. Now, with M5 as our hosted VoIP and UC solution, we are successfully delivering against these strategic imperatives. ShoreTel is in an excellent position to deliver unmatched value to our customers,” said Peter Blackmore, CEO of ShoreTel.

Effective today, M5 is the ShoreTel Cloud Division, based in New York, led by Dan Hoffman as president and general manager.

“We pioneered hosted VoIP and UC 12 years ago and are proud of the successful track record we’ve achieved with more than 2,000 customers in the U.S.,” said Hoffman. “Now, as part of ShoreTel, we’ll have the chance to build a global brand known for an exceptional customer experience in an industry that lacks one. This will fortify our leadership position in the hosted VoIP and UC marketplace and help take ShoreTel’s overall business to new heights.”

About ShoreTel, Inc.

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

 

HURRICANE FORECAST for USA EAST COAST

Despite an unprecedented early spring heat-wave that helped break records across the country last week, it's the warming waters halfway across the world that have the attention of scientists and storm chasers as they begin the annual National Hurricane Convention this week in Orlando.

That warmth in the waters of the Equatorial eastern Pacific may signal the anticipated end of the current La Nina event, which has helped trigger higher-than-normal storms traffic across the tropics during the past few Hurricane Seasons. Last year, a total of 19 tropical storms were tracked during the June 1-November 30 period. This tied 2011 for third busiest of all time (along with 1887, 1996 and 2010). Of that, seven became Hurricanes and four reached "major" status. In a typical year, 11 storms are named, with six becoming hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

The strongest hurricane was Ophelia, which maxed out at 140-mph sustained winds.

There were three tropical cyclone landfalls in 2011-- which is typical. However, Hurricane Irene stood above the rest -- reminding residents along the East Coast of the United States that it takes only one storm to make it a memorable hurricane season. On Aug. 27, it became the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. mainland since Ike in 2008.

The slow-moving, rain-intensive storm was responsible for widespread flooding, 56 fatalities and more than $10 billion in damage, with homes, bridges and roads still in the process of being rebuilt from North Carolina to New England even as the 2012 hurricane season is set to start. Extensive damage also occurred in the Bahamas.

This year could be a different story though... at least according to noted forecasters Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University.

"A warming tropical Pacific and a cooling tropical Atlantic are leading us to think that the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will have less activity," the meteorologists mentioned in their preliminary pre-season prediction.

"The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months," according to their on-line report. "And it appears that the chances of an El Nino event this summer and fall are relatively high," the forecasters concluded.

 

FLORIDA Contractors getting a wake-up call… You must have a state license to install low-voltage cabling

Get the word out!! Any low voltage contractor, i.e., cable, telephone, satellite, home theater, CCTV, access control, landscape lighting, any wiring under 98 volts, must get a state license.  Lots of cease and desist orders going out. Fines can get very expensive.

In the State of Florida you must have at least an electrical specialty license (aka limited energy) to install or maintain telephone and data cabling. NO EXCEPTIONS except for the operating telephone and cable television companies. For additional information, please visit MyFloridaLicense.com (http://www.myfloridalicense.com/).


Moving into new markets means new licenses

As local markets feel the pain of a shrinking economy, numerous cabling contractors are reaching out to new areas. When you cross a state line, you will find a whole new set of regulatory requirements. Licenses must be applied for along with the entire process of training, testing, and a host of bureaucratic steps to be completed.

Most contractors are good at their respective areas of trade. Most contractors are not trained or experts in the constantly changing world of Business and Professional regulation and licensing. You probably should seek the services of an outside expert to guide your steps through this complex minefield of government protocols.

We researched to market for a selection of firms that could assist the contractor and found numerous firms to choose from. However, few firms did it all. We contacted one firm that claimed to provide all of the services required for the full licensing process. We talked to their clients and found their claims of quality and service were 100% accurate.

Our pick for one of the BEST CHOICE sources in the Southeast is API Processing Company.

www.apiprocessing.com

Unlike other companies, API manages the entire process from start to finish. Obtaining a state license can be an arduous process. It's even harder when you have to study for an exam and maintain your current job schedule and family obligations. As a Full-Service Processing Company, API manages the entire licensure process so you don't have to.

Comments from clients include “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your company for an outstanding job well done on the process my application for a State Electrical Contractor’s License as you know the processing requirements have become much more difficult. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication that was put forth into obtaining my State Certificate. You and your company should be proud. I will recommend your services; and I look forward to doing business with you in the future.”

Experience You Can Trust!

API's founder and President, Dawn Johnson has worked in the Electrical and Construction industry for over 25 years. In addition to her vast experience in the industry, Ms. Johnson was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Contractors Licensing Board between 1992 and 2002. During her tenure on the Licensing Board, Ms. Johnson served on numerous committees. Most importantly, she presided as the Application Committee Chairman. As head of the Application Committee, Ms. Johnson was in charge of enforcing licensing laws and overseeing licensing activity for the entire State of Florida.

Ms. Johnson is highly qualified and knowledgeable about the licensing process. She has personally built a team of professionals who are ready and available to handle any and all licensing issues and requirements made by the state. Her knowledge and experience are unmatched in the licensing field.

Quality Service

Not only does API offer the most experience in the licensing industry, we also offer the highest quality. Other companies only take your information and fill out your license application, leaving you to do all the rest. If there is an issue with the licensing board, they consider it your problem! This business approach may explain why these companies offer service at such a nominal fee.

At API Processing, we don't just push paperwork! Our company manages every aspect of the licensing process from start to finish. Our services range from preparing our clients to appear before the Contracting Board to forming corporation and fictitious name certificates. API is a full-service processing firm. API takes the guesswork out of the licensing process and we guarantee service until your goal is accomplished.

As a client of API, you will receive the benefit of personal one-on-one attention from our experienced professional staff; licensing expertise that is unmatched in the industry; and our commitment to your satisfaction and licensing goals.

API Processing Licensing Services

API Processing offers a wide variety of licensing services for the Electrical and Construction Industry. Our company provides quality service and experience that is unmatched in the industry. Don’t get bogged down with tedious applications and licensing laws. Let our staff of licensing experts manage the whole process for you!

Construction Contractor Licenses:

General

Residential

Roofing

Mechanical

Underground Utility Excavation

Gas Line

Precision Tank Tester

Internal Pollutant Storage Tank Lining Applicator

Residential Solar water heating

Commercial Pool/Spa

Swimming Pool/Spa Service

Plumber

Building

Sheet Metal

Class A & B Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Service

Glass and Glazing

Gypsum Drywall

Specialty Structure

Pollutant Storage System

Residential Pool and Spa

Solar

Electrical and Alarm Contracting Licenses:

Electrical Contractor

Alarm I and Alarm II system contractor

Low Voltage contractor

Sign Specialty contractor

Limited Energy

Residential

Lighting Maintenance

Utility Line

Assistance with application processing:

API prepares and processes required state applications and documents to simplify the process and obtain your license.

Initial Certification

New Business

Additional Business

Transfers

Endorsements

Out-of-State Licensing

County & State Registration

Re-Activations

Services Include:

Educate and consult our client on licensing laws and the licensing process

Determine Eligibility Qualifications based on client’s specific needs and background

Prepare and process licensure application

Assemble necessary documents

Prepare applicant for Board appearance, if required

Oversee the client’s application until approved

Business Licensing Services:

Provide business Insurance

Worker’s Compensation or Worker’s Compensation Exemption

Form Corporations, LLC’s, partnerships, and Fictitious Name

Financially Responsible Officers

Bonding

Website Design, Business Plans and Cards

Find qualifiers for Start-up, Existing Companies i.e., death of license holder or desertion by disgruntled employee, etc.

Registered Agent Service for out of state companies

Foreign Corporate Filing

Exam Assistance:

Exam application processing

Provide exam materials

Allocate the appropriate prep schools, seminars, or home study programs

Consult with client about the exam process, testing procedures, and important rules.

www.apiprocessing.com

We can help if you know of anyone that needs to get a license.

Dawn Johnson (dawn@apiprocessing.com)
API PROCESSING www.apiprocessing.com
3419 Galt Ocean Drive
Suite A
Ft. Lauderdale, FL   33308

 

Gross Electric seeks growth on numerous fronts

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Gross Electric of Toledo, Ohio has moved on many fronts lately, including four significant efforts to expand the distribution company’s image, its business, and the traffic into its 5,000 square-foot lighting showroom.

Acquisition

Gross recently acquired Otto C. Buehler & Son, a local decorate hardware business with a retail location. The company sells locks, door pulls, and cabinet hardware, among other things.

How does this fit with electrical distribution? “We were looking to expand into different areas, and this seemed a good fit with our showroom,” President Laurie Gross explained. “I called the owner one day, a few months ago—no, I didn’t know him before that. He was interested. It took a few months, but we concluded the deal.”

A few weeks into the combined operation, the Buehler & Son store has closed down. Instead, hardware offerings are on display in roughly 950 square-feet of that Gross Electric showroom.

“It’s only been a few weeks,” Gross reported, “but he’s seeing more retail business than he ever did before. And we’re ‘cross pollinating’ builder customers.”

Another showroom add

Also added to the Gross Electric showroom—but not acquired—is a tile operation. A local tile merchant has set up a display of backsplash tile, which occupies less than 200 square-feet of the Gross lighting showroom.

Combining the hardware and the tile offerings with Gross Electric’s lighting displays and other electrical products, the showroom is turning into what Laurie Gross had hoped—a one-stop shop for those who are building or remodeling.

“It’s great for retail customers who come to the lighting showroom,” she said. “And the builder customers are very happy now, because they can send their customers to a place where they can see more than just lighting.”

Obviously, getting builders to send customers to Gross Electric is a habit worth encouraging in these slow times. Laurie Gross said the company will be ready when the business ramps back up.

Web site revamp

Roughly six months ago, Gross Electric revised its website. A visitor will now see a much more dramatic greeting on the home page, and the changes run throughout the site.

However, it wasn’t as easy as flipping a switch, Gross indicated—some thought went into the effort.

“We thought the old look was dated, and we needed something new,” she said. “But when we looked at what other showrooms had, it was the standard website. They looked the same, they were using a template. We didn’t want our website to look just like everyone else’s.

“So we worked with our ad agency. They helped us with design ideas. Since we unveiled the new look, we have had nothing but positive feedback about the pictures on the site,” Gross noted.

All that remains to be finished is “tweaking” on the back end, Gross said. “Right now the web site interfaces with our Eclipse system, but it isn’t attractive and is harder to shop than other sites. Our goal for this year is to fix that.”

Beyond the encouraging and positive feedback, she said, GrossElectric.com has seen an increase in visits from potential and existing customers.

Local combined sales effort

ToledoHomePros.com is a website Gross Electric established along with several other local companies.

Essentially, Gross said, the idea was to get Toledo residents to shop locally. In addition to the website, there are billboards, TV ads, and promotions running to get people to buy locally.

One of the concepts: A customer who takes his/her receipt from one of the participating companies to another can get a discount at the next stop.

How is this working? Going on two years, Laurie Gross said, it’s still not clear whether this seemingly worthwhile effort has yet struck a resonant chord with people in the Toledo area.

Reprinted with permission from TED - The Electrical Distributor magazine

 

FTTH Workshop at New England FiberFest - June 13, 2012

The Fiber-to-the-Home Council's regional day-long workshops on FTTH technologies and deployment practices have long been popular events for those interested in sharpening their fiber knowledge, hearing about best practices in FTTH deployment and networking with industry colleagues.  For our FTTH public workshop on June 13th, we are teaming up with the New England Fiberoptic Council to co-locate with its annual "FiberFest" trade show, which has drawn fiber optic companies from the Northeast region for many years to display the latest in optical access technologies.

To complement the FiberFest exhibits, the Council will offer a day-long session of best practices, case studies and other learning opportunities - with a special focus on the trends in FTTH technology and equipment, as well as a focus on what network operators are doing to leverage fiber to the home into their strategies for success in the telecommunications market.  We will hold session breaks and a concluding reception amid the FiberFest exhibits.

Registration fees for the workshop are $150 and include a continental breakfast, lunch and the networking reception.  Fees are waived for the Council's Platinum and Gold members.  Click here for online registration and further information on the event and on hotel accommodations.

At FiberFest, we'll bring in national and regional industry experts to provide updated information on FTTH developments. Among the key speakers and topics will be...

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Matthew Polka, President, American Cable Association, on "The Evolving World of Video Programming Distribution and Retransmission"
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Monica Webb, Executive Committee Chair, WiredWest, a municipal cooperative of 40 Massachusetts towns that is working with state and local organizations to build a financially sustainable, state-of-the-art fiber-optic network.
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Richard Mack, industry analyst with CRU Group, with a look at the state of installed fiber - where it is, applications supported - and recent fiber and cable product improvements that have been tailored to meet the specific requirements of the FTTx market.
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Tom Cohen, Kelley Drye & Warren and Washington Counsel for the FTTH Council, on legislative and regulatory issues regarding the deployment of FTTH networks.
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Michael Render, RVA LLC and the FTTH Council's market analyst, with an update on FTTH deployment in North America and results from his surveys of FTTH network operators and their subscribers.

This workshop is an outstanding learning opportunity anyone who is interested in next-generation broadband -telecom service providers, consulting network engineers, manufacturers of optical access equipment, or anyone else who wants to get the inside scoop from the front lines of the all-fiber revolution. In addition to the wealth of information that is exchanged in the workshop sessions, there are ample opportunities throughout the day to meet industry colleagues and make business connections. And our co-location with the New England Fiberoptic Council's FiberFest will boost the value of this all-day workshop as a learning and networking event.

Attention FTTH Council Members:  Sponsorships for this event are still available - and FiberFest is offering exhibit space at the Council's preferred rate.  For more information, contact Laurie Poole.

ALSO... 

The Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) Training Course will be offered at the Westford Regency on June 14 and 15.  For complete information on the program, click here or go to the CFHP page at the website of our training partner, The Light Brigade.  You can register for the CFHP two-day preparatory course using the same online registration link for the Council's New England FiberFest workshop.  For more information on CFHP please email Brenda Williamson, Registration Coordinator.

 

A REMINDER for some organizations : The Sherman Act is a criminal statute.  Violations are felonies and punishable by steep fines and imprisonment

You need to make sure all your employees understand that antitrust violations can take place with simple conversations they may have with any competitor.  Be sure you educate them about what constitutes an antitrust violation because antitrust investigations and litigation are lengthy, complex, and disruptive to any organization.  The Sherman Act is a criminal statute.  Violations are felonies and punishable by steep fines and imprisonment.

ANTITRUST

If your Organization believes strongly in competition and abides in all respects with all antitrust laws.  Accordingly, it is imperative that all employees avoid discussing sensitive topics.  Agreements to fix prices, allocate markets, engage in product boycotts, and/or refusal to deal with third parties (negotiate and/or do business with) are automatically illegal under the antitrust laws.  Discussions with competitors about pricing (including elements of prices such as allowances and credit terms), quality ratings of suppliers, and discussions that may cause a competitor to cease purchasing from a particular supplier or selling to a particular customer should be avoided.  There also should be no discussions that might be interpreted as a dividing up of territories.  An antitrust violation does not require proof of a formal agreement. A discussion of a sensitive topic, such as price, followed by actions by those involved or present at the discussion is enough to show a price-fixing conspiracy.  As a result, employees should be very circumspect when speaking to competitors and business colleagues, especially at professional meetings, gatherings, or conventions.

The DOJ is watching you.

 

Only Two More Years Before Former TYCO Boss Comes Up For Parole Again

L. Dennis Kozlowski is currently living at a minimum-security prison in Manhattan. He moved as part of a work-release program in January. Kozlowski won't appear before the parole board again until April 2014. The former Tyco CEO was convicted in 2005 of grand larceny, conspiracy and fraud. He was sentenced to 8.33 years to 25 years in prison. Kozlowski initially was at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in New York, a medium security prison. While there, he shared space with rapper Ja Rule and former New York State Comptroller Alan D. Hevesi.

 

Yahoo New CEO “We are intensifying our efforts on our core businesses and redeploying resources to our most urgent priorities” and layoff 2,000

Yahoo Inc will lay off 2,000 people, or 14 percent of its workforce, in its deepest round of job cuts in years as new Chief Executive Scott Thompson tries to jumpstart growth from within a leaner, more agile company while saving hundreds of millions of dollars. The two previous Yahoo CEOs failed to find an answer to rivals like Web-search giant Google and the Facebook social-networking site.

Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo, which ended 2011 with some 14,000 employees, said it would save $375 million annually from the job cuts, and will incur a pretax cash charge in the second quarter of $125 million to $145 million. The company declined to comment on severance details. Thompson, who took over from Carol Bartz,  wrote. "We are intensifying our efforts on our core businesses and redeploying resources to our most urgent priorities,"

A Yahoo spokeswoman said that every organization within the company was affected by the layoffs, but that some groups were affected more than others. She declined to specify which particular groups were the most affected. Yahoo said it would provide more details of its plans when first-quarter results are released on April 17. The layoffs follow Yahoo's declining revenue due to competition from Google and Facebook. Last year, Yahoo's revenue totaled $4.98 billion, compared with Facebook's $3.71 billion with just 3,200 employees.

 

General Cable Expands Its Investment In Jobs for South America

Highland Heights, Kentucky, April 12, 2012 – General Cable Corporation reported that it has acquired Délphia Produtos Elétricos Ltda. (“Delphia”), located in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo State, Brazil.  The business will continue to operate as Delphia under the umbrella of General Cable Automotiva Brasil.  Délphia is a leading manufacturer of automotive ignition wire harnesses sold into the Brazilian market.  The business reported revenues of approximately $20 million USD in 2011.

"The Délphia acquisition is another step in the globalization of our ignition wire harness business,” said Roger Roundhouse, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Specialty Wire Harnesses, General Cable.  “This acquisition, coupled with our existing operations in the United States, Mexico and Europe, is a key enabler in our ability to support the global needs of our multi-national customers.  In addition, the acquisition enables General Cable to apply our commercial, technical and operational expertise in this increasingly global market."

Gregory B. Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable, said, ”Over the past several years, through our expansion strategy and continuous improvement culture we have enhanced our service capabilities in a wide range of transportation and industrial applications for original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and distributors.  We are well positioned to further enhance the value proposition to our global customers having achieved another important milestone with the acquisition of Délphia in this significant market in South America.”

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), is involved the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty, construction and communications markets.  www.generalcable.com.

 

CABA prepares to launch the "Intelligent Buildings and the Competitive Bid-Spec Process" Landmark research Study


CABA hosted a webinar on the "Intelligent Buildings and the Competitive Bid-Spec Process" Landmark Research study on March 19, 2012. There were close to one hundred webinar participants in attendance, representing a broad cross-section of commercial industries with a vested interest in the issues presented by the Competitive Bid-Spec Process. The project has been reviewed, approved and endorsed by CABA's Board of Directors and the CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council (IIBC). CABA members such as Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Diebold Incorporated, Philips and Siemens Industry, Inc., have already committed to this research, with many more organizations expressing interest in the project.

 

CABA presented a detailed overview of the study including: the background, purpose and objectives of the study - which are designed to greatly improve the understanding of the market imperfections and the inconsistencies that exist in designing and implementing intelligent building projects, as well as making investment decisions on intelligent technologies.  

 

What is the Problem?

 

Often low-cost technology, with quick payback, is favored instead of smart controls and automated solutions that may have a higher upfront cost, but could potentially lead to measurable returns in the long-term. With contractors and integrators dominating the decision-making process and influencing building owners to commission projects on a budget for quick returns - a vast opportunity to incorporate smart building technology solutions appears to be largely ignored or indefinitely delayed at times.

 

How will this research assist you?

 

By uncovering market issues in the development and deployment of intelligent building technologies, the study will be designed to enable sponsors to identify:

 

  The "pain points" in the Bid-Spec process and where they occur most frequently

  The changing dynamics of the industry and their impact on technology adoption

  The current divide between various supply chain partners and the roadblocks to working towards mutual goals

  Successful business models and technology roll-out initiatives collaboratively with other partners to meet changing demand

  The technology market growth trajectory - the reasons for the current state of adoption

  Mitigation strategies and measures to implement, such that supply chain partners can work more cohesively towards common goals and objectives

  Relevant data and case studies of successful partner collaborations in installing intelligent building technologies

  Growth zone definition and prospects for market participants

  The development of ROI benchmark data to support a robust value proposition of intelligent building data information exchange between different market players, for more informed decision-making regarding the benefits of adopting intelligent systems  

  How to best address value-/supply-chain problems, and which entities could drive these initiatives

  Key initiatives for technology commercialization and positioning

  Potential in technology deployment initiatives with various stakeholders

 

The complete PowerPoint presentation, webinar and study research prospectus are available to you and interested parties in your organization. For viewing and download of both documents, please go to: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/bid-spec

For more information on how you can participate in this CABA Landmark Research Study, please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager, at grimes@CABA.org, 613.686.1814 ext. 226, or myself.

 

This initiative is the latest research project to be unveiled under CABA's Research Program and more details on the Program and other completed projects can be found at: http://www.caba.org/research.

 

The ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine - The April 2012 issue is out of this world

The April 2012 issue is out of this world. From cover to cover, the content is powerful, timely, and filled with materials to make our business more successful.

The Integrated Systems Contractor section with a focus on cabling is an outstanding introduction. You have opened the door to the new sweeping trend to integrate, automate, and validate the networks in an intelligent structure. TURNING CABLING INTO GOLD.

Thank you. A message for all the companies not yet listed on page 127, Get with the best… The ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine is the magazine to reach the market.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

www.wireville.com

 

Security Products Announces Platinum and Gold Winners of 2012 Govies Government Security Awards at GovSec

Security Products magazine, an integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, announced Platinum and Gold winners in its 2012 Govies Government Security award competition today. The awards honor outstanding government products in a variety of categories.

The Security Products’ Government Security Awards were launched in 2009. With 53 entries this year, participation grew 40 percent over 2011. Earlier this month, the judges narrowed down the 2012 submissions to those achieving top status. Top entries earned the opportunity to display their products in the Govies booth (#2725) at GovSec– the Government Security Conference & Expo featuring the U.S. Law Enforcement Conference & Expo, which is being held April 2-4 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

From the top entries, the following Platinum and Gold designations were announced today:

Access Control

Platinum:

·                     Monitor Dynamics, Trusted FICAM Platform

Gold:

·                     Quantum Secure, SAFE for Government

Cloud Computing/Storage

Platinum:

·                     Intransa, VideoAppliance

·                     Pivot3, vSTAC Watch

Gold:

·                     Brivo, ACS CloudPASS

Fire/Life Safety

Platinum:

·                     NOTIFIER, ONYX FirstVision

·                     Blackline GPS, Loner IS

Gold:

·                     AtHoc, IWSAlerts emergency mass notification solutions

·                     Gamewell-FCI, E3 Series mass notification system

Homeland Security

Platinum:

·                     Blackline GPS, Flat Track

·                     Proximex, SurveillintTM

Gold:

·                     AlertEnterprise, Critical Infrastructure Protection

IP Video Surveillance Cameras

Platinum:

·                     Axis Communications, Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Camera

·                     DRS Technologies, WatchMaster® IP Elite

Gold:

·                     Brickcom, VD-130N

·                     Sony, XIS Wide Area Monitoring Solution

IT Software/Hardware

Platinum:

·                     Viewfinity Privilege Management

·                     BeyondTrust, PowerBroker product suite

Gold:

·                     G4S, Risk360

·                     Intergraph Government Solutions EdgeFrontier® v6.1

Mobile Security Apps

Platinum:

·                     Video Insight, VI Mobile

Gold:

·                     Codebench, OMNICheck® Plus with PACS registration

Network Security

Platinum:

·                     Belkin International Inc., DV-1 KVM

·                     Referentia Systems Inc., LiveActionTM V2.31

Gold:

·                     RSA, NetWitness

Perimeter Security

Platinum:

·                     Axis Communications, Q1602-E Network Camera

·                     Delta Scientific MP5000 portable vehicle barricade system

·                     FutureSentry, First Responder

·                     HGH Infrared Systems, IR Revolution 360

Gold:

·                     Bosch, NEI-30 Infrared Imager

·                     Delta Scientific DSC2000

Video Management Systems

Platinum:

·                     Milestone Systems, XProtect Smart Client 7

·                     Video Insight, IP video surveillance V5.0

Wireless Security

Platinum:

·                     Videofied, XTO, cordless outdoor intrusion alarm

Gold:

·                     MicroPower Technologies, Rugged-iTM

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to display so many outstanding government security products in our booth,” said Ralph C. Jensen, editor-in-chief of Security Products. “GovSec is an ideal venue for security companies to show off their products to the government industry.”

In addition to being honored at GovSec, the winners will be featured on the Security Products website, security-today.com, and highlighted in a future issue of Security Products magazine. Details about the 2013 Security Products’ Govies Government Security awards will be released later this year.

About GovSec featuring U.S. Law Enforcement

April 2-4, 2012, at the Washington Convention (GovSec), which is produced by the 1105 Event Group, takes a comprehensive approach to securing our nation and its critical infrastructure by addressing the convergence of physical security, cybersecurity and law enforcement. This combination provides security professionals and first responders with the necessary insights, tools and tactics to protect their communities and our nation. U.S. Law Enforcement at GovSec provides the newest tools, tactics and technologies for law enforcement on the federal, state and local level to protect their communities and critical infrastructure from domestic and international terrorism, and natural and accidental disasters, while serving as the first line of defense in homeland security and as a partner in terrorism investigations. govsecinfo.com.

About Security Products

Published by 1105 Media, Inc., Security Products is a industry media brand for the global security marketplace, providing new product and technology solutions for security professionals. Its print, digital, event, custom media and research products integrate physical and IT security coverage. security-today.com.

 

CABA to Present at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit

April 11, 2012

The Continental Automated Buildings Association today announced its President & CEO, Ronald J. Zimmer, will present at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas Texas, April 24-April 26. Mr. Zimmer will participate in the Broadband and MTUs session, part of the event's Editor's Choice Track program. The session is scheduled for Thursday, April 26 at 11:10am CST.

The Broadband and MTUs session will address how the longtime staple of business broadband, the T1 line, is rapidly outliving its usefulness. Today's commercial tenants demand flexible, scalable bandwidth as well as a high degree of reliability. Owners of commercial properties are finding that, to attract and retain tenants, they must offer advanced communications services in their buildings, preferably over multiple, redundant pathways. Session attendees will learn how robust business broadband can create new opportunities for both service providers and property owners.

"I am extremely glad to be able to participate in this conference and share the latest research from our organization which is recognized as the world's most authoritative knowledge-based forum for advancing the application and integration of automation in the residential and commercial building industry," says Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. Mr. Zimmer will specifically examine the interplay of broadband and intelligent home and building technologies in his presentation.

"We have an outstanding line up of speakers and activities planned for this year's Summit and we are delighted to have Mr. Zimmer included on the program", states Scott DeGarmo, president and CEO of Broadband Communities. "Our extensive three-day agenda boasts five technical track programs, keynote addresses, special events and workshops and much more."

The Broadband Communities Summit will be held at the InterContinental Hotel - Dallas in Addison Texas. Visit http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1013793 to register for the event or http://www.bbcmag.com/2012s/ to learn more.

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

About the Broadband Communities Summit
The 2012 Broadband Communities Summit is part of the Broadband Communities' Town & Technologies series of events, focusing on Fiber-To-The-Home and next-generation access technologies for buildings, communities, and municipalities. The 2012 event marks the 8th annual Summit since launching the Towns & Technologies programs in 2004. The Summit exhibition has seen year on year growth with plans for over 80 exhibitors in 2012. What's more, the Summit technical program is unsurpassed in the industry with over 45 educations sessions including keynote presentations on the latest and hottest industry topics.

 

Harger Lightning & Grounding - Lightning Protection Installation Course

Register at www.harger.com

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

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

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

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

·         Covers all installation practices

·         Review NFPA 780 requirements

·         Hands-on learning

·         Monthly classes available

o        Class is held in Grayslake, IIlinois

·         Earn CEC hours*

o        Certain states apply

Visit www.harger.com

Harger Lightning & Grounding

UltraShot® / NUWTube ™ Reward Program – Attention Contractors!

Harger’s weld metal sales program for Contractors launched March 1, and runs through the rest of 2012. Contractors can earn product for their purchases of UltraShot® and / or NUWTube™ weld metal.  Buy $500 of UltraShot® and / or NUWTube™ Weld Metal and Get One (1) “B” Mold FREE or Buy $2000 of Ultrashot® and / or NUWTube™ Weld Metal and Get One (1) USCONTROLLER FREE.  Submit Proof of Purchase (Distributor Invoice) and Harger will send a “B” Price Mold or USCONTROLLER – the contractor’s choice! For additional details visit www.harger.com and click on UltraShot & NUWTube Promo on the home page.

 

66 More Buildings Receive the BOMA 360 Designation for First Quarter 2012

More than 400 properties now designated BOMA 360 Buildings

(WASHINGTON – April 11, 2012)  The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International conferred 66 buildings with the BOMA 360 Performance Program® designation in the first quarter of 2012. These buildings join a growing number of best-in-class buildings to receive the BOMA 360 designation since its launch in 2009. BOMA 360 now has 420 buildings in 55 markets and the list continues to grow.

BOMA 360 designees are seeing real value in the designation. According to a recent survey of designees, 38 percent of respondents, many of whom received the BOMA 360 designation for their building in the past six months to a year, are already reporting that the BOMA 360 designation has helped them attract or compete for new tenants.

“Tenants, owners and all stakeholders have seen that BOMA 360 buildings exceed industry standards on every level, commented BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “The growing number of buildings seeking the BOMA 360 designation demonstrates the importance of this third party validation that signifies a building is operated and managed to the highest standard.”

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

View the buildings that received the BOMA 360 Designation for the first quarter 2012.

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

 

BICSI Announces Formation of New CALA District

Tampa, Fla., April 3, 2012—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, announces the formation of a new district. The Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) District combines the existing BICSI Andean and Caribbean Districts and also includes Mexico, Cono Sur, Central America, and Brazil.

These areas share three languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English. With Spanish as a primary language for the area, the district will benefit from BICSI’s expansion into Spanish translations of curriculum, publications and communications. In addition, this newly formed district offers a stronger industry foundation to each of the areas within.

“Combining these districts and communities into a single larger district will add stability to the membership and position the district for growth to achieve region status,” said Michael Collins, RCDD, CCNA, NCE, BICSI President-Elect and BICSI International Committee Chair.

BICSI Districts are formed when more than 100 members are active within the area. The CALA District’s membership is close to 300, with activity being led by District Chair Rick Ciordia, PE, RCDD, RTPM(i), DCDC, and District Secretary Nelson Farfan, RCDD.

BICSI will be hosting three upcoming conferences in the district: the 2012 Caribbean Spring Conference, which will be held April 26 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the 2012 BICSI Andean Conference, held May 9-10 in Bogota, Colombia; and the 2012 Caribbean Fall Conference, held November 15 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The CALA District joins the ranks of other BICSI districts including South Pacific, Japan, India and Middle East/Africa. Other international areas working toward district status include Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. BICSI Regions, which are comprised of more than 500 members, include Canada, Europe, U.S. North-Central, U.S. Northeast, U.S. South-Central, U.S. Southeast and U.S. Western. www.bicsi.org

 

Refining Use Of Social Media Tools- article by James Carlini

Social media tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and others have now been out for awhile, but have all of them been as effective as much as they were hyped?  Have you seen a lot of benefit with them in your business?

Which ones are really social media tools and which ones are just toys?  Which one is just a waste of time?

In an article I wrote several years ago, (http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/469451-james-carlini/23599-air-fire-wheel-twitter ) I questioned the validity and the usefulness of these tools, but I subscribed to most of them just to explore how good or bad they were.  Now that I have had some experience with them over a good period of time, it is time to review the pros and cons of some of these social media platforms.

How Many Links Should You Have?

On LinkedIn, I think it is a must to have a presence on it.  From creating a business presence and skills inventory that can be easily accessed and received, LinkedIn is an essential to put some time into and establish your brand.

Many people are using LinkedIn as a way to look up new contacts as well as old contacts to establish and re-establish communications.  If you are not listed on LinkedIn, you are at a disadvantage as far as the business community goes.

The big question becomes, how much time do you dedicate to maintaining your presence on LinkedIn?  How many people should you be linked into to make it a viable tool?  50?  500?  5,000?  Over 5,000?

If you have 500 decision makers to keep in front of on your list, you are much better off than if you have 5,000 names of friends, relatives and acquaintances.  It’s not a matter of quantity, it a matter of quality connections.

Some of the overnight “social media experts” would set some arbitrary number or tell you to go for the most exposure and at least have 5,000.  My observation on that is, how much time do you put on managing your social media tools and how much time do you have left to do your job?

What about the groups that you joined on LinkedIn?  Are they all giving you great leads and a better network?  I doubt it.  Maybe it’s time to start detaching yourself from some of these “tools” and culling the groups you are in.

NON-PERFORMING GROUPS

I am in about 35 groups and I am at a point of “de-grouping” from several of them. 

Being in groups have given spammers a new way into your messages   Once the spammers get into a group, instead of getting updates focused on that group, you are getting travel deals, expensive watch offers and other “deals” that have nothing to do with that group.

It becomes a time waster instead of a career enhancer.  Unfortunately, we have reached that point with LinkedIn. 

The positives outweigh the negatives so I would say if you have not added yourself on to LinkedIn, you should.  Make sure you provide a full profile and monitor the success you have with being a member in various groups.  Change groups when you see that one group is just a time waster.

Facebook is more focused on family and friends.  I don’t see it as a big business social media tool for myself, but it does have some uses and applications.  Again, how much time do you devote to it?  I don’t check it everyday.

Are you really focused on its business benefits, or have you succumbed to it as being another time-waster as you play Farmville on it?  If you have 500 friends on it, do you find yourself commenting on all the pictures of their cats and dogs they post up?

Myspace - I never got into and now it seems like no one is really using it.  Looks like I saved a lot of time by not even bothering with it.  It seems like it is passé.  Again, this is my opinion and observations.  If you are still on it, how effective is it in business development?

Some say that Google will replace all of them with Google+, so I have already staked a claim on it but really have not done much more than added my name to it.  Again, I am not finding a lot of time to hang on these social media tools.

As for Twitter, I have a name on it, but I don’t check it everyday either.  If you are an entertainer or other high-visibility personality, it has its benefits but from a business standpoint, I don’t think it is critical to have.

CARLINI-ISM :  Fads fade fast.  Learn how to distinguish between toys and tools.

Reprinted with permission from James Carlini

Copyright 2012 – James Carlini

James Carlini, MBA, is a certified Infrastructure Consultant and has advised on major projects ranging from a six-building complex in Silicon Valley for the Santa Fe Southern Pacific Development Company to being the Mayor’s Consultant on the Chicago 911 Center and advisor to the DuPage National Technology Park (an 800-acre Intelligent Business Campus) as well as the Terra Business Park (120-acre) in Illinois.

He is also an expert witness in civil and federal courts on major network infrastructures with cases ranging from reviewing the entire market of fiber optic services for AT&T in a multi-million dollar lawsuit to a multi-million dollar lawsuit at a $1.6 Billion casino complex in Las Vegas as well as E-Commerce transactions, VOIP (Voice over IP) Networks, wrongful death cases, a false bomb threat, 911 surcharges (City of Chicago), satellite dish interference (NPR), Cloud Computing, and a US Navy court martial.

He has worked on strategic marketing projects and competitive analyses for various major vendors on central office capabilities, satellite modems, wireless LANs, cabling products, and other network infrastructure technologies.

He has also served as an award-winning adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University for two decades.  He received the Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the NU Alumni Professor’s Award for his pragmatic teaching as well as development of cutting-edge courses in both the Executive Masters level and the undergraduate program.

He is an internationally-recognized author and has been a keynote speaker at various national conferences.  He submitted a white paper to the US Dept. of Homeland Security on “Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability” and then presented it at their conference at Columbia University in New York in 2009.

He pioneered the concept of Measuring Building Intelligence in 1985 and has written hundreds of articles, editorials, and white papers on high tech real estate, broadband connectivity and regional economic development including “Measuring a Building’s IQ”, Aiming For Quality in Technology Investments” and Continual Technology Improvements in Enterprises: Applying Six Sigma and Information Technology”.  He has worked in high-tech real estate projects and has redefined real estate with his white paper on Intelligent Business Campuses: Keys to Future Economic Development”.  According to him, the three most important words in real estate are now, “Location, Location, Connectivity.”

For any expert witness in technology, market strategy or project consulting issues:

Contact:  James.carlini@sbcglobal.net

Phone   : 773-370-1888

BLOGS  : http://jamescarlini.sys-con.com/  

INTERNATIONAL COLUMNS (2010-2011):   http://english.alrroya.com/editors?auth=James+Carlini

 

Exhibition Industry Continues to Flourish, Outperforming Overall Economy (GDP)
Growth is 15% Better than Forecast


DALLAS, 21 February 2012 – Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), in its analysis of the latest data collected for the CEIR Index, reports that overall exhibition industry activity increased by 3.8% from the level one year-ago during the fourth quarter of 2011, and rose by 2.7% for the year 2011 as a whole. After a brief pause in the second quarter of 2011, the growth of the exhibition industry picked up its pace. The industry’s performance continued to surpass real GDP, which only grew by 1.6% during the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to the final quarter of 2010.

The forecast for 2011 was for 2.3 percent industry growth; however, actual growth was 2.7% which is 15% better than forecast. The exhibition industry outperformed GDP for three of the four quarters during 2011 and by 1% (2.7% versus GDP 1.7%) for the year. Since most exhibitions are typically trailing economic indicators, only time will tell if the industry can continue to outperform the overall economy.

CEIR’s economist Allen Shaw, Ph.D., Chief Economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc., said, "The positive momentum of the exhibition industry, which has experienced six consecutive quarters of growth, gives strong reassurance that the industry has emerged from the economic downturn and is making progress toward recovery."

CEIR Index data for the fourth quarter of 2011 show increases in all four metrics of measurement. The metrics are Net Square Feet (4.2%); Revenue (5.1%); Professional Attendance (3.6%); and Number of Exhibiting Companies (2.4%). The exhibition index showed a year-on-year gain that was 1.1 percentage points higher than the corresponding figure for the third quarter, from 2.7% in 2011Q3 to 3.8% in 2011Q4. This is an impressive achievement given the fact that the macro economy was still sluggish, with the unemployment rate stuck at a relatively high level of 8.7%.

The 2011 CEIR Index will be published this spring and will detail the exhibition industry’s progress, long-term comparisons and predictions for the next three years. CEIR President and CEO Doug Ducate, CEM, CMP, said, "We are very pleased with the results we are seeing. The data continues to show a positive upswing and confirms the prediction of moderate growth made in last year’s Index. This is very positive for the industry and the individual sectors."

As an objective measure of the annual performance of the exhibition industry, the CEIR Index measures year-over-year changes in four key metrics to determine overall performance: Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space Sold; Professional Attendance; Number of Exhibiting Companies; and Gross Revenue. The CEIR Index provides exhibition industry performance across 14 key industry sectors: Business Services; Consumer Goods; Discretionary Consumer Services; Education; Food; Financial, Legal and Real Estate; Government; Building, Construction, Home and Repair; Industrial/Heavy Machinery and Finished Business Inputs; Communications and Information Technology; Medical and Health Care; Raw Materials and Science; Sporting Goods, Travel and Entertainment; and Transportation. The CEIR Index will be released at SISO CEO on 26 March 2012 and a forecast update will be presented at the CEIR Predict conference in New York on 13 September 2012. Information on how to purchase the complete CEIR Index and more information on the Predict conference can be found at www.ceir.org.

For more information about the CEIR Index, contact Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP, executive director of CEIR at cbreden@ceir.org or +1 (972) 687-9201.

About CEIR
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) serves to advance the growth, awareness and value of exhibitions and other face-to-face marketing events by producing and delivering research-based knowledge tools that enable stakeholder organizations to enhance their ability to meet current and emerging customer needs, improve their business performance and strengthen their competitive position. For additional information, go to www.ceir.org

 

Cerro Wire Offers Improved SLiPwire® THHN Cable Jacketed With Self-Lubricating Polymer

THHN cable reduces labor and installation costs

Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, offers SLiPWire®, a thermoplastic high heat-resistant nylon-coated (THHN) cable jacketed with a self-lubricating polymer that provides an improved, lower co-efficient of friction. SLiPWire® reduces the time, labor and cost for installation, eliminates the materials and labor needed for lubricating the wire, and avoids messy clean-up activities. Independent testing confirms that SLiPWire is equivalent to, or better than, competing products in the copper building wire industry.

Intertek Testing Services, an independent testing laboratory, observed a test pull conducted at Cerro Wire’s Ogden, Utah manufacturing facility, comparing SLiPWire® with competing pre-lubricated THHN products.  Intertek verified that the methodology and setup for the test was very well designed to replicate a typical installation and that SLiPWire™ is every bit the equal if not better than other contenders in the industry.

SLiPWire® also uses Cerro Wire’s True Sequential Footage™ technology, the only sequentially printed cable reel that provides accurate wire length with each cut. True Sequential Footage prevents the need to carry excess cable inventory, providing precision length, accurate footage, and cost control. It also uses Cerro Wire’s Max Print® identification system to quickly identify the size of the cable, which aids in selection, inspection and prevents costly errors.

About Cerro Wire LLC

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

 

Commercial Real Estate Firms Embrace BOMA 360 Performance Program® to Achieve Competitive Edge

Five Companies Have Earned the Designation for 20 or More Properties Nationwide

(WASHINGTON—March 26, 2012) CBRE, Brookfield Properties, Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Parmenter Realty Partners and Hines lead the pack for achieving the BOMA 360 Performance Program designation, an honor that recognizes commercial properties for excellence in overall building operations and management. All five companies have 20 or more commercial buildings that have reached BOMA 360 status.

The top five companies that have 20 or more BOMA 360 buildings in their portfolio are:

·         CBRE—59 buildings

·         Brookfield Properties—31 buildings

·         Piedmont Office Realty Trust—24 buildings

·         Parmenter Realty Partners—21 buildings

·         Hines—20 buildings

The rest of the top ten companies for most BOMA 360 buildings are: Cushman & Wakefield, LBA Realty, Transwestern, Granite Properties and Crescent Real Estate.

“Many real estate companies are working to earn the BOMA 360 designation for their commercial buildings because it is a mark of better building performance and has been a key factor in attracting tenants,” said BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “In fact, Brookfield and Parmenter have pledged to submit their entire portfolios for BOMA 360 review.”

According to a recent survey of BOMA 360 Performance Program® designees, 38 percent of respondents, many of whom received the BOMA 360 designation for their building in the past six months to a year, are already reporting that the BOMA 360 designation has helped them attract or compete for new tenants. In fact, 94 percent of respondents indicate they plan to renew their BOMA 360 designation at the end of the three-year term.

The BOMA 360 designation has been earned by 420 buildings in 55 markets. The comprehensive nature of the BOMA 360 Performance Program means that every aspect of building performance is assessed. Scores are based on how buildings meet extensive criteria of best practices in the following areas:

·         Building operations and management;

·         Life safety/security/risk management;

·         Training and education;

·         Energy;

·         Environment/sustainability; and

·         Tenant relations/community involvement.

“CBRE recognizes the value of BOMA 360 by measuring all facets of property operations against industry standards,” said Steve Bassett, executive managing director, CBRE Strategic Accounts. “CBRE believes that this comprehensive approach to performance benchmarking is valuable to our clients’ properties and we will continue to encourage our clients to participate in the program.”

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

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

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About BOMA International

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

 

NEW: Mike Holt's Illustrated Guide to Electrical Estimating program - includes one book and four DVDs.

Introducing Mike Holt's new Electrical Estimating  DVD Program . Electrical estimating is a skill that  every contractor and estimator should learn from the ground up. Understanding the fundamentals of Estimating can make or break a career, or make or break a company. Estimating is a way of seeing, in advance, what you  will  need to properly complete a given project  - if you know your costs (time, labor, materials, etc.) then you can do the job correctly and profitably,  and in some instances know when it would be wise to not bid on a job. An accurate estimate helps every individual in the electrical business:

- the apprentice and electrician to gain an understanding and perspective for the value of their work

- the person selling the job, to properly bid so as not to lose money by underbidding or lose the project by overbidding

- the contractor to determine the job's selling price and to profitably manage that job once it's sold

- and of course, the aspiring career estimator.

This  DVD program gives you the  advantage of seeing Mike and his team of estimating experts explain  and debate the steps and important details of the estimate process  while determining  the  break-even  point ,  it also includes an entire DVD  devoted to understanding  soft-ware based estimating programs.
Disc 1: Understanding Estimating versus Bidding, All About Estimating, Understanding Labor Units

Disc 2: The Estimating Process, Determining Break-Even, The Bid Process, Unit Pricing

Disc 3: The Practical Application - How the whole process works, and how to get it done

Disc 4: About Estimating Software

Mike Holt's Illustrated Guide to Electrical Estimating program includes one book and four DVDs.

For a limited time Heard on the Street readers can purchase Mike Holt's Electrical Estimating program for 20% off when they use discount code HOTS and order at www.MikeHolt.com/estimating

 

Graybar Announces Organizational Changes

ST. LOUIS, April 4, 2012 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, has announced key organizational changes to drive continued growth.

  • Bob Siegel has been appointed to the position of vice president, investment and inventory management, effective April 1. Siegel has nearly 28 years of experience and previously held the position of vice president, product management. He replaces Tom Van Ash, who is retiring from the company after more than 30 years of service.
     
  • Garry Acker has been appointed to the position of vice president, product management, effective May 1. Acker has 31 years of Graybar experience and previously served as vice president, corporate accounts. 

“We wish Tom all the best in retirement and thank him for his many years of service and contributions to the company,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kathy Mazzarella. “We congratulate Bob and Garry on their appointments and know they will continue to help Graybar achieve long-term success.” 

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of nearly 240 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

 

Graybar Coming to Charleston, S.C. New Branch Will Open April 2, 2012

ST. LOUIS, March 29, 2012 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, will open a new, full-service branch in Charleston, S.C., on April 2.

Located at 7219A Investment Dr., the 30,000-square-foot branch will serve the Charleston metropolitan area and Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown and Orangeburg counties. Branch Manager Larry Smith, a 25-year Graybar veteran, will lead the branch’s 12 employees.

“We’re excited to continue to work to our customers’ advantage by opening a new branch in Charleston,” said Joe LaMotte, Graybar Atlanta district vice president.

The branch will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with after-hours emergency service available. The branch can be reached at (843) 207-2700.

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of nearly 240 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

 

Hitachi Cable Manchester Merges with other Hitachi Companies.

Manchester, NH, April 1, 2012

Hitachi Cable, Ltd., one of the largest cable companies in the world, has merged its holdings in North America.  Hitachi Cable Manchester, with its manufacturing facility located in Manchester, NH, USA, has merged with Hitachi Cable Automotive Products, USA (Indiana & Florida) and Hitachi Cable America, USA (New York) to form Hitachi Cable America, Inc.  The corporate headquarters for Hitachi Cable America, Inc. will be located in White Plains, New YorkHitachi Cable Manchester and Hitachi Cable America, USA were combined into one division now known as the Performance Cable Systems & Materials Division.  Hitachi Cable Automotive Products, USA will now be called the Automotive Products Division.

Merging the individual companies into a single business unit, Hitachi Cable America, Inc., will allow the companies to enhance collaboration within all departments including product development and sales in appropriate areas.  

Lynne Humenik, former Executive Vice President for Hitachi Cable Manchester, will be assuming an expanded management role by overseeing the Performance Cable Systems & Materials Division.

“The changes visible to our customers will include additional product offerings and changes to our logo.  Customers will continue to work with the same team members and experience the same high level customer service.  We are very excited about the merger,” said Ms. Humenik.  “This merger will allow us to consolidate and streamline ERP and MRP functions.  HCM™ brand cable products will continue to be made in our Manchester facility and with recent investments in new equipment, we are prepared for the growth to come.”

About the Performance Cable Systems & Materials Division:

The Performance Cable Systems & Materials Division is a unit of Hitachi Cable America, Inc.  Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, the division manufactures a complete line of HCM™ brand high-performance copper and fiber optic cables for the communication industry.  Over 4,000 different cable products are manufactured at this facility. Products include Category 6 and 6A copper communication cables, indoor, indoor/outdoor and outside plant fiber optic cables, as well as round and flat electronic cables.  The division also sells Apresia network switches, fiber optic transceivers and other active optical devices, copper alloy strips as well as materials used in the manufacture of semiconductor wafers. To learn more about Hitachi Cable America, Inc. and the Performance Cables Systems & Materials Division, please visit our website at www.hca.hitachi-cable.com.  Hitachi Cable America, Inc. is a unit of Hitachi Cable, Japan which is held by Hitachi, Ltd., Japan.

About Hitachi, Ltd.:

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled $112.2 billion. Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com

 

LEED-Certified Green Building Projects Hit 12,000 Mark

Major milestone achieved for the global green building market

Washington, DC - (Mar. 27, 2012) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that the 12,000th commercial project has earned LEED certification. Since its launch in 2000, the LEED green building program has been transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, operated and maintained.

"Twelve years after the first 12 projects earned LEED certification, the green building community has reached a significant milestone," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. "The momentum for green buildings is rippling around the globe, enhancing the built environment for generations to come."

The 12,000th project is the LEED Gold Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Paid for by the Recovery Act and rebuilt after the original facility was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008, the facility will house new wildlife exhibits, an environmental education center, and National Parks employees.

The wildlife refuge joins a community of more than 137,000 LEED registered and certified projects, homes, communities and neighborhoods around the world.

"This milestone is made even more relevant as it is happening as the final comments are being collected on LEED 2012, the next iteration of continuous improvement of the LEED program," continued Fedrizzi. "With these next changes, LEED will continue in its role as a catalyst for transformation of the built environment to ever higher standards of sustainable practice. Even in these challenging times, it's clear that green building is a movement whose time is now."

The LEED 2012 third public comment period will close today (Mar. 27) at 5:00 p.m. EST. To learn more about LEED 2012, visit usgbc.org/LEED2012.

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

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 45,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 8.4 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, over 19,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with over 76,500 more homes registered.

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

 

Need help handling your cabling needs? Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD) has a powerful family of products and an extensive network of qualified installers

Kevin Kiziah President of Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD) has seen dramatic growth over the past two years.

ATLANTA, Ga. – In 2010, Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD), a nationally recognized manufacturer of structured cabling products and high-speed networks, announced that vice president Kevin Kiziah had been promoted to president of ASD. Founded by CEO Bob Eskew in 1986, ASD now employs approximately 33 associates nationwide and more than 700 Authorized ASD Installers (AASDIs, pronounced “as-dee”). In 2009, ASD completed more than 4,400 different projects for clients in over 2,250 zip codes. With a growth of 42.25 percent between Q3 2008 and Q3 2009, ASD was named a Top Ten Growth Company by Entrex Private Company Index (PCI). In the past two years, ASD has made remarkable strides in a tough economy. ASD has expanded products and their team of Local installers. Technology marches on at a relentless pace and ASD leads the pack with cutting edge solutions for the information technology infrastructure needs of the end-users.

ASD provides manufacturing and installation of cabling products, design and install of security and access control systems, and Voice over IP installations. In addition to designing and installing technology for customers, ASD also provides project management for national clients that seek a single point of contact, including projects that involve moves, adds, or changes.

ASD is also a manufacturer and service provider of structured cabling systems and cable components for voice and data for commercial offices, including iCAT-ITS Category 5E, Category 6E, and 10-Gigabit Category 6a cables. ASD’s iGLO-ITS fiber optic products are based on the MTP style of connectorization known as Snap ‘N Glo. ASD products, which are made at the company’s seven manufacturing plants located throughout the world, are sold under the brand names iCAT-ITS and iGLO-ITS.

Kiziah began working with ASD in 1995 in the sales department. In 1997, he was responsible for opening a branch office, and he became a regional sales manager in 1998. In 2001, Kiziah was promoted to vice president where he was responsible for the daily operations of the company. Now, in his new role as president, Kiziah will focus on continuing to drive the growth of ASD while maintaining high quality services and products.

“When I started with ASD, we were a relatively small company in the Southeast,” said Kiziah. “Today ASD delivers daily support to many Fortune 1000 companies for any type of low voltage technology,” said Kiziah. “As Internet Protocol (IP) has grown, so have our services. If a device has an IP address, ASD can deploy that device anywhere throughout North America with a single call, something our clients have come to appreciate over the years.”

Automated Systems Design (ASD) was a big participant in the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition.

 

A major player at BICSI:  Automated Systems Design (ASD®) exhibited at the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition, held February 12-16, 2012, in Orlando, Florida, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The annual conference featured educational presentations, state-of-the-art exhibits and networking opportunities for members of the information technology systems (ITS) industry.

In addition, ASD founder and CEO, Bob Eskew, presented an educational session on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.  Mr. Eskew’s presentation, titled “Preparing Network Infrastructures for the Video Revolution,” covered the increased prevalence of video over Internet Protocol (IP), its impact on network infrastructures and the business growth opportunities video over IP provides for the ITS industry.

Bob Eskew, a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) since 1992, is the founder and CEO of ASD, a five-time Inc. 500/5000 company. ASD is a manufacturer and service provider of information transport systems. ASD manufactures high-performance iCAT-ITS™ copper offerings, including CAT 5E, CAT 6E, and 10-gigabit CAT 6a cables, as well as iGLO-ITS™ fiber optic products.

About Automated Systems Design:
ASD is a manufacturer and service provider of information transport systems. ASD manufactures high-performance iCAT-ITS™ copper offerings, including CAT 5E, CAT 6E, and 10-gigabit CAT 6a cables, as well as iGLO-ITS™ fiber optic products based on the MTP style of connectorization known as Snap ‘N Glo. In addition, ASD manages physical infrastructures and turnkey nationwide project solutions for national clients seeking a single point of contact, including projects that involve moves, adds or changes. ASD features a network of approximately 700 AASDIs (Authorized ASD Installers), pronounced “as-dee.” These are local installers who have been certified in network environments, structured cabling system standards, networking standards for wired and wireless systems, surveillance and access control, and building automation systems.

For more information about ASD, visit www.asd-usa.com.

 

Physical Security Requirements Key Consideration for Networks to Meet Federal and DoD Security Guidelines

Oberon, Inc. Wireless Access Point Enclosures Provide Physical Security Needed to Keep Mission-Critical Network Equipment Safe

State College, PA – April 12, 2012

Where network security is a matter of national security, the requirements for securing wireless equipment take on additional importance. The U.S. Federal Government and Department of Defense have developed documents which specify guidelines and procedures for deploying secure, mission critical wireless LANs.

Many commercially available wireless products offer the capability of electronic security comparable to wired networks. However, these products must be configured and secured properly to provide the degree of security desired. Unlike a wired network, wherein the active components of the data communications network can be physically secured in a telecom room with restricted access, the wireless network requires that wireless access points and antennas are distributed throughout the facility.  Thus, the physical security and protection of the wireless access point must be considered.

DoD Instruction 8420.01 establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for the use of commercial WLAN devices, systems, and technologies. This instruction requires validated Physical Security. APs used in unclassified WLANs should not be installed in unprotected environments due to an increased risk of tampering and/or theft. If installed in unprotected environments, APs that store plaintext cryptographic keying information shall be protected with added physical security to mitigate risks. DoD Components may choose products that meet FIPS 140-2 Overall Level 2 or higher validation (to ensure that the AP provides validated tamper evidence, at a minimum). Alternatively, DoD Components may physically secure APs by placing them inside of securely mounted, pick-resistant, lockable enclosures.

WLAN APs used to transmit or process classified information shall be physically secured, and methods shall exist to facilitate the detection of tampering. WLAN APs are part of communication systems and shall have controlled physical security, in accordance with DoD 5200.08-R.

In FIPS-140-2 Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules, DoD Instruction 8420.01 specifies Security Level 2 for wireless LAN.  Security Level 2 enhances the physical security mechanisms of a Security Level 1 cryptographic module by adding the requirement for tamper-evidence, which includes the use of tamper-evident coatings or seals or for pick-resistant locks on removable covers or doors of the module. Tamper-evident coatings or seals are placed on a cryptographic module so that the coating or seal must be broken to attain physical access to the plaintext cryptographic keys and critical security parameters (CSPs) within the module. Tamper-evident seals or pick-resistant locks are placed on covers or doors to protect against unauthorized physical access.

FIPS-140-2 paragraph 4.5 states "A cryptographic module shall employ physical security mechanisms in order to restrict unauthorized physical access to the contents of the module and to deter unauthorized use or modification of the module (including substitution of the entire module) when installed. All hardware, software, firmware, and data components within the cryptographic boundary shall be protected."

Oberon wireless access point enclosures simplify the planning of network deployments.  Secure, locking doors protect wireless APs behind ABS plastic providing strength while remaining virtually invisible to wireless signals.  Enclosures are secured to building structure for greater security.  Access points securely mounted within the enclosure can be easily reached by authorized personnel via the locking door, making moves, adds, and changes fast, easy, and exceptionally convenient in high-traffic, high-security environments.

Further discussion of Department of Defense resources relating to wireless network security is available at the Oberon Blog at http://oberonwireless.com/blog.php.  Key requirements are outlined, with links to a variety of documents useful in planning secure networks in federal facilities. 

For more information on designing networks to meet upcoming challenges, and for secure, convenient, and aesthetic telecommunications and wireless access point enclosures for suspended ceiling and wall-mounted systems, please call 1-877-867-2312 or visit http://oberonwireless.com.

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

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

www.oberonwireless.com

 

Broad Base of Telecommunications Providers Fuels Continued Expansion of North American Fiber to the Home


Nearly 60 percent of FTTH operators report related economic growth in their communities  

WASHINGTON, DC - The number of North American households connected directly into optical fiber networks grew by 13 percent over the past year, indicating that telecommunications companies of all sizes are continuing to upgrade to next-generation fiber to the home technologies, according to the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas.

The Council today released figures prepared by the market analyst firm RVA LLC showing that 900,000 households across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean were upgraded to FTTH service since April 2011, as the total number of North American homes with all-fiber connections surged past eight million. The figures showed that FTTH is now being offered to 19.3 million homes on the continent.

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About 95 percent of FTTH households are in the United States, which began to see a significant expansion of fiber deployment in 2004 when Verizon began upgrading to FTTH in much of its wireline footprint, but deployment in other North American countries is now beginning to rise. Canadian households now represent three percent of FTTH on the continent and the remaining two percent are in Mexico and the Caribbean

While Verizon continues to be by far the largest FTTH provider on the continent, the number of FTTH network operators in North America is nearing 1,000, as an increasing number of small and medium-sized incumbent telephone companies, most located in rural and small town areas, swap out their copper plant with fiber so they can offer faster Internet speeds and a video service to stay competitive and bring next-generation connectivity to their communities. Also building FTTH networks are a variety of competitive broadband companies, municipalities and public electric utilities. The vast majority of FTTH network operators serve fewer than 10,000 subscribers.

"The pure numbers of FTTH providers and their diversity is something that is uniquely North American. No other region of the world is seeing this," said Michael Render, President of RVA.

In a recent RVA survey, 58 percent of FTTH providers reported seeing increased local economic activity related to the availability of more robust, all-fiber networks they have deployed.

"The notion that the upgrade to FTTH can be a catalyst for economic development is precisely what is driving this enormous interest in high-speed fiber we are seeing at the community level across North America," said Heather Burnett Gold, President of the FTTH Council Americas. "Civic leaders in communities of all sizes have a sense that more bandwidth means more opportunities for economic progress."

"These latest numbers underscore that phenomenon in two ways - they show that smaller telecoms are continuing to upgrade to FTTH and that many are indeed seeing a positive economic impact in their communities after they deploy," she added.

The RVA survey also found that, on average, government supported FTTH stimulus projects are now 38 percent complete, with indications that many will start connecting subscribers this year. Environmental reviews and heavy demand for fiber optic cable were cited as reasons for the delays.

Meanwhile, the survey found growing activity among FTTH providers in fiber to the cell tower construction, with more than 1500 towers connected by small, single state providers in 2011.

About the FTTH Council North America:

Now in its 11th year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. Its mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

QuickTreX® Tool Named 2012 EC&M Hand Tool Product of the Year

Beachwood, NJ – April 10, 2012   Wire Surgeon® Wire & Kevlar Scissors from QuickTreX® have been selected Winner of the 2012 Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) Product of the Year competition in the Hand Tool Category.

All category winners will now be included in an online readers' poll on the EC&M website starting April 9th, which will determine the 2012 Product of the Year platinum, gold, and silver winners.

This year the EC&M magazine editorial staff chose a panel of 10 judges – including electrical professionals representing the design/engineering, contracting and facilities/maintenance industries - from a pool of the magazine’s readers. After careful evaluation, the judges voted on 129 entries in 31 categories and determined the Wire Surgeon Wire & Kevlar Scissors entry to be the top product in the Hand Tools category.

The EC&M Product of the Year competition was established in 2000 to honor excellence in new product development in the electrical industry. Now in its twelfth year, the prestigious awards program showcases the most innovative products of the past year and recognizes the talent and commitment of the people involved with every aspect of development, from concept through sales and marketing. EC&M proudly bestows these awards on inventive products that help electrical professionals do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

“This honor is especially thrilling for QuickTreX,” said company president Tony Casazza, “because this company was founded on the premise of developing high quality products that are really in tune with the needs of the people who use them. To be recognized as such is very reaffirming that we are meeting our goal. The versatile Wire Surgeon Wire & Kevlar Scissors are a great multi-use tool for electricians and structured network cabling installers.”

The blades of the Wire Surgeon Wire & Kevlar Scissors are crafted in Germany with ultra precision Solingen serrated stainless steel, which holds up under extreme use, for clean and precise cutting of wire, Kevlar, braiding, etc. Slight serrations on the blade prevent wire slippage and make dependable precise cuts possible.

The scissors incorporate an easy-to-use wire stripper and a splice & terminal crimper that can be used for copper wires from 26 to 18 AWG. This adds functionality and makes them also ideal for those doing security systems and other low-voltage work. The ergonomically designed soft rubber handle provides fatigueless use suitable for right or left-handed people.

The industry-wide recognition of this award highlights the fact that QuickTreX has quickly become a leader in the electrical industry. This is gratifying to Casazza, who went ahead with launching the company in 2010, despite the uncertain economic times.

To obtain additional information about the Wire Surgeon Scissors or any other QuickTreX product, call 800-642-8320 or visit the website at http://www.quicktrex.com.

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

About Tony Casazza
Tony Casazza founded the QuickTreX brand in 2010. The idea originated from the daily experience as an electrician and cable installer, plus his 14 years of operating LANshack.com, a successful online datacom supply store that he also founded. In the online store he saw the product limitations set by various manufacturers and always knew that it could be done much better in many different ways. He has made the value of the products the focus of the QuickTreX brand.

 

Steve Maguire, President Of Maguire Products And Prolific Inventor Of Auxiliary Equipment, Receives SPE Business Management Award

ORLANDO, FL, U.S.A., April 2, 2012—The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has presented its Business Management Award to Steve Maguire, the president of Maguire Products, Inc. and a pioneer in the field of plastics auxiliary equipment systems.

SPE presents the award to one industry leader annually. Mr. Maguire received this year’s award during the Sunday night NPE2012 Opening Gala.

“Steve built Maguire Products into a leading worldwide plastics auxiliary equipment company by supplying machinery of his own design that has transformed the way manufacturers manage raw materials and meter them into processing machines,” said B. Patrick (Pat) Smith, vice president of marketing and Sales. “He has succeeded because of his determination to make auxiliary equipment simpler, more reliable, and easier to operate, and he has achieved these goals by completely re-thinking the design of this equipment, developing his own unique operating concepts, mechanical systems, controls, and software.”   

In Steve Maguire’s business philosophy, product design is the most important consideration in that better products are the key to growth. “Slow, reasonable, and sustainable growth is what we work toward,” Mr. Maguire has noted in discussing his company. “We invest in more manufacturing space to make operations simple and efficient, because more space means less wasted motion, less movement of goods. We carry sufficient inventory so that production is smooth and uninterrupted, goods are always in stock, and customer orders are filled quickly. Purchasing and production are not driven by computer reports or projections. Instead we have a ‘visual’ inventory system that is simple to understand and implement, making it easy to decide when to order parts and when to build stock.”

The human factor is critical, according to Steve Maguire. “There has to be genuine respect for all those involved in our business—our employees, our suppliers, and of course our customers. All have mutually shared interests. It is easy to see that with everyone pulling in the same direction, it is hard to fail.”       

From an Operation in an Attic to a Global Business 35 Years Later

Working out of the attic of his home, Steve Maguire formed Maguire Products in 1977 to produce and market the first pump to accurately meter liquid color into the processing machine. Today the company is the leading producer of such pumps. In 1989 Mr. Maguire introduced the Maguire Weigh Scale Blender, a gravimetric system that is now the predominant type of blender by far. Today Maguire Products alone has installed more than 42,000 gravimetric blenders worldwide. Among other types of auxiliary systems developed by Maguire are three that have no counterparts in the industry: the LPD™ vacuum resin dryer; the Sweeper™, a device for emptying bulk resin containers without operator intervention; and the Purging Recovery System™, which transforms purgings into regrind.

Today Maguire Products operates six manufacturing facilities in Aston, PA, U.S.A., maintains a network of distributors in the Americas and around the world, and has sales and service subsidiaries in Canada, Europe, and Asia that stock, sell, and service auxiliary equipment systems from Maguire and its affiliate, Novatec, Inc.

Steve Maguire entered the plastics industry in the early 1970s, serving first as a maintenance engineer for an injection molding company, then taking charge of an extrusion company. In a biographical note to customers, he attributed his design and manufacturing philosophy to this early experience as a plastics processor:  “I worked on the floor, not in the office.  It was my job to keep everything running, not just while I was there, but through the second and third shifts as well.  Simplicity, reliability, serviceability, and ease of operation became the qualities most important to me.”

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MAGUIRE PRODUCTS, INC., headquartered in Aston, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., is the world’s largest supplier of gravimetric blenders and liquid color pumps and also manufactures loading systems, dryers, auger feeders, and related equipment and software. Its customers include injection, blow, and rotational molders, extrusion processors, and compounders. Visit www.maguire.com

Maguire Products, Inc., 11 Crozerville Road, Aston, PA 19014 USA. Tel: 1-610-459-4300. pat@maguire.com. Maguire Canada, 299 Basaltic Road, Unit 1, Vaughan, Ontario L4K 4W8. Tel: 905-879-1100. info@maguirecanada.com. Maguire Europe, Vanguard, Tame Park, Tamworth, Staffordshire B77 5DY United Kingdom. Tel: 44-1827-265-850. paul@maguire-europe.com. Maguire Europe (Italy), Maguire Italia SRL, Padova, Italy. Tel: 39-049-970-5429. Italia@maguire-europe.com. Maguire Asia, Maguire Products Asia Pte Ltd., 15 Changi North Street 1, #01-15, I-Lofts, Singapore 498765. Tel: 65-6848-7117. magasia@maguire-products.com.sg. Maguire Asia (China), Maguire Products Asia Co. Ltd., 7C-02 Majesty Building, 138 Pu Dong Avenue, Shanghai 200120 China. Tel: 86-21-588-23410. mpa@maguirechina.com.

 

Teknor Apex Produces First Commercial Biovinyl™ Flexible Vinyl Compounds Made With Dow Ecolibrium™ Bio-Based Plasticizers

Life Cycle Analysis Indicates 41% Reduction in CO2 Emissions versus Conventional Vinyl

ORLANDO, FL, U.S.A. April 9, 2012:  Teknor Apex Company has developed flexible vinyl compounds with plasticizers based on renewable resources for applications as diverse as automotive window encapsulation, medical tubing, and footwear, and it is prepared to supply the compounds to manufacturers seeking to reduce the carbon footprint of their products, the company announced at NPE2012 (Booth 58038).  

New BioVinyl™ flexible vinyl compounds have already found commercial uses. Three of these are a line of fashionable “flip-flop” sandals produced in the U.S. by Okabashi Brands, Inc.; a range of shoe welting manufactured by custom extrusion processor Barbour Plastics, Inc.; and a new series of Tuff-Seal interlocking floor tile from Flooring Adventures.   

BioVinyl compounds incorporate phthalate-free DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers, which are manufactured using plant byproducts by Dow Electrical and Telecommunications (Dow E&T), a unit of The Dow Chemical Company.  Under a recently announced Joint Collaboration Agreement, Teknor Apex has been granted the exclusive right to market in North America flexible vinyl compounds containing DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers in certain applications. Life cycle analysis tests conducted by Dow and reviewed by a third party indicate that every ton of vinyl compound made flexible with DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizer helps the industry reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 0.7 ton, or 41%.

“BioVinyl compounds possess a lower global-warming potential than conventional flexible vinyl, and their carbon footprint reduction is even greater in comparison with non-vinyl plastics,” said Louis R. Cappucci, vice president in charge of the Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex.  “Our tests of diverse BioVinyl grades indicate that customers can gain these environmental advantages without sacrificing product performance, and at a cost that is competitive with flexible vinyl containing non-phthalate plasticizers.”    

Applications for which Teknor Apex is prepared to supply commercial quantities of BioVinyl compounds include:

Automotive window seals, interior and exterior trim, and instrument panel skins.

Medical tubing, masks, and collection bags.

Consumer products such as footwear and toys.

Development work continues on compounds for other applications, such as blood bags and wire and cable jacketing, according to business development manager Michael Roberts.

Bio-Based Plasticizers Reduce Carbon Footprint and Provide Property Benefits

“Because half of the PVC polymer is derived from seawater and typical plasticizer loadings are 33%, the substitution of the new plasticizers for conventional phthalates makes the carbon footprint of BioVinyl compounds dramatically smaller than that of many plastics,” said Roberts. “Teknor Apex has compiled comparative data indicating that the global warming potential of BioVinyl compounds, in terms of CO2 emission equivalents, is half that of polyolefin resins and is even lower than that of PLA bioplastic. The cumulative energy demand of BioVinyl compounds, including feedstock and processing, is the lowest in comparison with a wide range of plastics.”

Another advantage of BioVinyl compounds cited by Roberts stems from the fact that DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers are derived from naturally occurring vegetable substances that are not used for food and so are unaffected by supply/demand forces impacting other bio-derived plastics feedstocks such as corn starch.

In work on formulations incorporating DOW ECOLIBRIUM™, Teknor Apex researchers developed and tested BioVinyl grades for a number of standard flexible vinyl applications, such as building and construction seals and gaskets and irrigation tubing.  

“The most pronounced property change that we discovered in comparison with conventional phthalate-plasticized compounds was an improvement in heat stability, enabling extrusion processors to carry out longer product runs without prohibitive levels of polymer degradation,” said senior development chemist Nicole Marshall. “In addition, compounds that we developed for weatherstripping and gasketing showed significantly less color change than standard vinyl after accelerated weathering.”

Teknor Apex researchers also found that the Dow bio-based plasticizer exhibited greater plasticizing efficiency than most common phthalates. “In preparing developmental BioVinyl grades, we were able to use less plasticizer to obtain the same level of flexibility as in corresponding phthalate-based compounds,” Marshall said.

DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers is available at www.dow.com/ecolibrium. ECOLIBRIUM™ is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated company of Dow.

The VINYL DIVISION of Teknor Apex Company is a leading manufacturer of compounds based on PVC, including ApexÒ flexible and rigid vinyl, FlexalloyÒ vinyl elastomers, and FireguardÒ low-flame, low-smoke compounds for wire and cable.  Headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A., the Division is an international supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical device, wire and cable, and other industries. Parent company Teknor Apex operates manufacturing facilities around the world and sells in 90 countries. Six of the eight Teknor Apex business units focus on plastics compounding, including bioplastics; color concentrates; nylon; thermoplastic elastomers; toll and specialty compounds; and vinyl. Visit www.teknorapex.com.

Teknor Apex, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI  02861 U.S.A. Tel: 1-401-725-8000.  Tel. from U.S. only: 1-800-554-9892. Fax: 1-401-729-0166. E-mail: vinyl@teknorapex.com.

      

TIA Urges NTIA to Focus Privacy Protection on How Information Is Used, Collected, and Safeguarded, Not on Which Technology Is Used for Those Functions

Washington, DC - The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) announced today it has submitted comments regarding The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) "Multistakeholder Process to Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct." TIA cautioned against an overly-burdensome regulatory scheme that would ultimately hurt consumers, and provided a number of specific comments related to the NTIA multistakeholder process.

In its comments, TIA said:

"Policy solutions should not limit an individual consumer's choice to choose the appropriate balance between privacy and these innovations that provide convenience, speed or easier communication.

"Consumers need to be given more credit for understanding their choices in opting for convenience. … Regulations that greatly hinder the availability of information and implement burdensome technical safeguards would be costly to consumers in the form of less availability of free services and content and more expensive products. ...

"The focus of privacy protection should be on how information is used, collected, and safeguarded, not on which technology is used for those functions. Technological convergence has made legal and regulatory distinctions between 'networked' and 'brick and mortar' consumer relationships irrelevant. Regulations based on invalid distinctions can fail in their purpose and do real economic harm by discouraging the adoption of network technologies."

Read the full text of the comments.

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

Join TIA at its annual Member Meeting, Conference and Exhibition, TIA 2012: Inside the Network, June 5-7, 2012 in Dallas. For detailed information about the event go to tia2012.org.

TIA's 2012 Market Review & Forecast, is available for purchase online at the TIA store. Review copies are available for qualified media.

View video news programming on TIA Now at tianow.org.

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

TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ACS Solutions, ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Dow Chemical Company, Ericsson, Inc., FAL Associates, GENBAND, Inc., Henkels & McCoy, Juniper Networks, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, LGE, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Motorola Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks, Numerex Corp., OneChip Photonics, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tarana Wireless, Inc., Tellabs, TE Connectivity, Walker and Associates and WirefreeCom, Inc.

 

U.S. Green Building Council Applauds Newly Released International Green Construction Code

IgCC offers a new code baseline for greener building construction that is complementary to LEED

Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2012) - The 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), released today, will increase the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing governments direction and oversight of green design and construction, according to the International Code Council (ICC) the code's author and one of several U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) partners in the effort. USGBC, makers of the LEED green building certification system and co-authors of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, applauds this new model code that serves as an important new policy option for state and local governments looking to codify green building practice.

"The IgCC and Standard 189.1 draw from more than a decade of national and regional leadership programs that road-tested green building practices, methods and materials," said Brendan Owens, vice president of LEED Technical Development, USGBC. "These pioneering efforts broke important new ground that has enabled the IgCC to mainstream green building practices that were previously considered innovative in a foundation intended for minimum code language."

LEED is the world's foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 45,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 8.4 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, nearly 19,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with over 75,500 more homes registered.

The 2012 IgCC, which incorporates the 2011 version of Standard 189.1 as an optional path to compliance, offers a new code baseline that can be tailored by state and local governments to share many of the benefits of green buildings with the millions of buildings that are designed, constructed and renovated to meet minimum code, whether or not they are engaged in the LEED program.

"As the IgCC begins to inform building codes and building practice across the country, LEED is evolving to reward greater thresholds of green building leadership," said Roger Platt, senior vice president of Global Policy & Law, USGBC. "We need public policy that rewards this beyond-code leadership alongside codes that redefine what we should expect of our buildings. The IgCC and Standard 189.1 are an important and intentional complement to LEED."

The 2012 version of the IgCC - authored by ICC in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASTM international (ASTM), ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and USGBC - is an important first step for the partner organizations and the building community in a long, but important journey to mainstream healthier, lower impact, more efficient and responsible building practice.

"The IgCC published today was developed during the last three years with input from code and construction industry professionals, environmental organizations, policy makers and the public," said Richard P. Weiland, CEO of the ICC that developed the new code. "Our community was diligent in developing a code that is not only adoptable, usable and enforceable, but also flexible and adaptable. We expect this new model code, like the family of other ICC Codes, to be adopted across the country and used globally."

For more than 100 years, building codes in the United States have evolved to incorporate critical safeguards for building occupants based on the most current building science. More recently, communities have been calling for a regulatory tool that complements voluntary rating systems by offering jurisdictions minimum safeguards to protect against building-related risks to human and environmental health. Several state and local jurisdictions are already moving in this direction by putting into place early versions of the IgCC that were released during the development of the code.

As building codes broaden their scope and establish a higher floor, USGBC continues to raise the ceiling through advances and refinements to LEED and associated programs. LEED version 2012 will be released in November 2012.

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

 

Western Extralite Named Electrical Distribution’s ‘Greenest of the Green’

Alternative energy, fleet management and LED technologies make for a winning energy strategy   

ST. LOUIS... tED magazine, the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors, is pleased to announce that that Kansas City, Mo.-based Western Extralite has won its 2nd annual “Greenest of the Green” Award.

The award recognizes an electrical distributor that’s taken active steps to lead the industry by implementing energy-efficient solutions in its own operations.

“As electrical distributors, it’s important we truly ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to bringing energy-efficient solutions to market,” said Tom Isenberg, president of Western Extralite. “Our initiative – which would not have been possible without the hard work, creativity and commitment of our employees – gives us firsthand experience and knowledge about the energy needs of our customers.”

Through its “Go Green, Save Green” initiative, Western Extralite has made a commitment to using and delivering sustainable solutions throughout its operations. In June 2011, the distributor invested in single-largest solar deployment of any Missouri company at that time by installing six solar electric-generation systems at Missouri service centers. 

It has also installed LED lighting throughout its facilities, high-efficiency HVAC units at its headquarters, and daylight-harvesting and occupancy sensors at its location in Manhattan, Kan. The company operates a LEED-certified facility in Lawrence, Kan., and employs a fleet-management strategy that cuts fuel usage by 25 percent to 30 percent. Read more about Western Extralite’s story in the April issue of tED.

Western Extralite will receive the “Greenest of the Green” award at 7 p.m. on April 27, during a closing reception at the 2012 NAED National Meeting in Washington D.C.’s Marriott Wardman Park.

With more than 25,000 readers across the electrical distribution industry, the award-winning tED magazine serves as the industry’s primary source for trends, best practices and news happening throughout the electrical supply chain. In addition to its monthly print edition, tED produces up-to-the minute news through 
tedmag.com, an e-newsletter, and its LinkedInFacebook and Twitter channels.

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

 

TE Connectivity Ltd. has sold off its Touch Solutions and its TE Professional Services businesses.

The company is home of many former operations houses in Tyco Electronics, including what older electrical professionals knew as AMP.

The Gores Group is buying Touch Solutions. This unit supplies touch screens, all-in-one touch computers, and more—all branded as Elo TouchSystems. The price for the purchase came in at $380 million.

TE Professional Services became part of the company in December 2010, when ADC was acquired. It provides "engineering, furnishing and installation services to communication service providers," and had sales of $121 million in the most recently completed fiscal year. BlueStream Professional Services LLC is paying TE $23.5 million for the unit.

 

EBCIs for North American Business Conditions Remain Strongly Positive in March 2012

ROSSLYN, Va., March 28, 2011Following a run-up of more than 20 points in January and February to its highest level in more than six years, NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions retreated slightly in March, slipping 0.5 points to 72. The survey’s measure of the degree of change in current North American conditions remained at its highest mark in almost two years in March at +0.7 in February. The EBCI for future North American conditions remained strongly positive, jumping 11 points to 86 in March, its highest reading in more than a year.

Click here for the complete March 2012 report.

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

 

Big Data in Telecom: Capturing Value from Real-Time Data Analysis and Decision-Making

TIA 2012: Inside the Network, June 5-7, 2012 in Dallas, TX, has added a new workshop covering the topic Big Data in Telecom to its robust series of tracks including Converged Networks, Cloud Optimization, M2M, Mobile Backhaul, Multiscreen Video, Optical Transport, Security, Connected Homes and Green ICT. TIA 2012 offers opportunities for communications suppliers, integrators, network operators and service providers to gain an immersive experience into important changes driving our industry. Registration is open at www.tia2012.org. Contact exhibits@tiaonline.org for information on exhibiting or sponsoring. View the video to find out more!

Big Data in Telecom, which is sponsored by IBM, is an opportunity for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to gather information and knowledge and discuss with their peers how to develop the right systems, infrastructure and partners to manage, protect and leverage the growing flood of data derived from customers, networks and operations.

According to analysts, the biggest asset that Communications Service Providers (CSPs) have to compete with is their data – especially customer data, call detail records and network data. And yet, harnessing big data in the communications sector, for both wireline and wireless network operators, is a complex challenge.

Until recently, traditional data tool capacity had more or less managed to keep pace with the growth in data sets. However, Social Networks, real-time consumer behavior, mobility, even sensor driven networks in M2M applications have led to a flood of new information. By applying big data tools and predictive analytics upstream of the database, CSPs can move from reactive to proactive use of the data, turning data into actions. By analyzing data from networks, customers and operations, leads to higher call quality, more profitable service and increased customer satisfaction.

Session 1:                            Making the Big Data Business Case for Telecom Network Operators:

Session 2:                            Panel:  Review of the Drivers of Business Value

·         Network operations

·         Customer Experience

·         Fraud detection

·         Revenue assurance

·         Personalized marketing and promotion

Session 3:                            Visibility to Improve Network Operations

Holistic, end-to-end insight into network performance enables more effective planning, optimization of technology investments and greater control over costs. In this session, discuss how to access the large amounts of data derived from network elements to impact network operations and therefore overall profitability.

Session 4:                            Infrastructure, Scalable and Affordable Database Platforms

Discuss the technology foundations necessary for Big Data and real-time analytics. Issues to be discussed include next generation specialized database; the implications of outsourcing database services; application function and requirements and more.

Session 5:                            Focus on: Managing Compliance with Industry and Government Regulations       

More stringent compliance regulations, and the different regulatory frameworks of different nations, impose different demands and requirements for Tier 1 integrated communications carriers. This session discusses how data tools and analytics add value to legal and regulatory compliance.

Session 6:                            Tools and Solutions to Manage the Data

Faster data capture and analysis is the goal. Waiting several days for actionable data from a database analyst is not the answer. What is required is a network analytics solution that quickly and efficiently manipulates information and presents it in a meaningful way that results in actionable intelligence.

Session 7:                            Policy Implications: Privacy, Security and Liability

In order to capture the full potential of big data, every organization needs to refine policies related to privacy, security, intellectual property and even liability. This session will discuss methods to structure workflows and incentives to optimize the use of the data, especially as it is derived and integrated from multiple sources and third parties.  Learn safeguards that have proven effective in other industries.

 

CABA Completes "Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings" Study

April 16, 2012

The Continental Automated Buildings Association has completed a collaborative research study to identify, define and size the principle business opportunities presented by the growth of smart grids in relation to intelligent buildings.

CABA's "Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings" research study estimates that the North American smart grid marketplace will reach $8 billion in revenue by 2013 and will exceed $10 billion by 2015. In 2011, the marketplace was estimated to have reached $6.6 billion.

The study found that the fastest growing components of the smart grid market are grid applications, followed by: demand response and peak load management, building energy management systems, and smart meters.

While building management systems are not projected to be the fastest growing segment of the market, the study notes that smart grid development will become a major driver for the development and deployment of more intelligent building technologies.

"The information and trends in CABA's "Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings" research study emphasize the need for innovative solutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our power generation, transmission and consumption capacity," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "Intelligent buildings are prime examples of innovative technology that will aid in the deployment of new smart grid infrastructure. CABA is pleased to have undertaken a report which provides the industry with insightful business intelligence, in order to put sound strategic decisions into action."

Organizations that participated in CABA's project included: Belimo Air Controls Inc., Cadillac Fairview Corporation, CommScope Inc., CoR Advisors, Diebold Incorporated, Energent Incorporated, GE Energy Services, Grundfos Pumps Corp., Honeywell International/Tridium, Hydro-Québec, InfoComm International, Ingersoll Rand/Trane/Schlage, Johnson Controls, Legrand/Ortronics, LG Electronics, Natural Resources Canada, Philips Research North America, Priva North America, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Robinson Solutions, Schneider Electric, Sempra Utilities, Shell International Inc., Siemens Industries Inc., Southern California Edison, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Verizon, and Viridity Energy. The research was conducted by the BSRIA research consultancy.

CABA's report has been released to its funding partners and will be made available for purchase to the rest of the industry after an embargo period, which ends June 2, 2012. Companies enquiring for details and pricing can contact George Grimes, CABA's Business Development Manager at grimes@caba.org or 613.686.1814 x226.

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

 

CBM – Cabling Business Magazine April 2012 = one year since the magazine stopped publishing

CBM - Cabling Business Magazine defined the mainstream of the low-voltage cabling industry for more than two decades. We thank the Paulov family for all of their efforts to educate us on the latest and greatest news on the infrastructure industry. They brought us CBM, Cabling The Workplace, and ACP – the Association of Cabling Professionals. Over the years, we were always educated by their pages, the training classes at the Cabling Business Institute, and the trade shows “Cabling The Workplace”.

Steve Paulov told us that he is not ready to retire. He still has a new publication and training programs on the challenges of cabling for the unified communications needs of the future.

Keep an eye out for the latest from Steve Paulov. He is 73 years young.

 

Building Owners and Managers Help “Mobilize the Earth” on Earth Day

BOMA Members Mobilize to Benchmark and Improve Building Performance

(WASHINGTON—April 16, 2012) The Earth Day theme this year is “Mobilize the Earth” and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is helping mobilize the commercial real estate industry by encouraging its members to benchmark their buildings’ energy performance.

In January 2011, BOMA International launched BOMA STARS, an initiative that promotes the importance of benchmarking energy consumption in commercial buildings through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and sharing that data with BOMA’s Master Account. To date, more than 3,000 facilities, representing more than 830 million sq. ft. of space, have shared their energy management data with BOMA.

BOMA STARS is part of BOMA’s larger Market Transformation Energy Plan, also known as the 7-Point Challenge, which calls on BOMA members and the commercial real estate industry to reduce the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources and waste production. Since its introduction in 2007, the 7-Point Challenge has been widely embraced throughout the marketplace, with endorsements from more than 130 member companies and BOMA local associations, representing more than three billion sq. ft. of office space.

“BOMA International makes energy efficiency and benchmarking energy performance a priority for Earth Day and every day,” commented BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “Tracking energy performance is the best way to continually improve performance and to show that market transformation is happening. The efforts of BOMA STARS and The 7-Point Challenge demonstrate the effectiveness of the voluntary marketplace in reducing energy consumption.”

Almost 60 percent of properties that benchmarked and shared data with BOMA have an ENERGY STAR rating of 75 or greater, this represents 70 percent of the total square footage of benchmarked buildings. Since baseline, BOMA-benchmarked buildings have shown greenhouse gas emission reductions equaling the carbon dioxide emissions from 171,272 passenger vehicles or from 2,031,364 barrels of oil consumed.

This past March, BOMA International received its fifth ENERGY STAR award and in 2009 BOMA was honored with the EPA’s Climate Protection Award, the agency’s highest honor.

For more information about BOMA’s green initiatives, visit BOMA’s Ever-Green site.

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

 

NFPA – National Fire Protection Association NEWS

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.


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04/16/2012

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NFPA announces Firewise plant calendar photo contest winners

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NFPA’s Gary Keith and Russell Sanders receive Fellow distinction by the Institution of Fire Engineers

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Fire Protection Research Foundation’s Casey Grant named Fellow by the Institution of Fire Engineers

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New York brush fires raise concern for community safety

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Automotive rescue and extrication expert Ron Moore joins NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training Project

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Massachusetts wildfires raise concern for community safety

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NFPA’s Firewise offers quiz on “Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season”

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NFPA announces recipient of 2012 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year

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NFPA’s Sparky the Fire Dog® launches new “Put Out the Fire” online game

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The Fire Protection Research Foundation releases report on water consumption for fires

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Smoking-materials fire deaths drop to 30 year low

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NFPA launches firefighter health and safety video contest

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Colorado wildfire raises concern for community safety

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Fire-safety hazards of lithium-ion batteries featured in latest NFPA Journal

 

 

RAD Unveils Carrier Ethernet Service Aggregation Platform Conforming to Emerging CE 2.0 Specifications

New ETX-5300A Features the Highest Capacity-to-Size Ratio

in the Market for Substantial Cost Reductions per Link

MAHWAH, New Jersey, April 17, 2012 – RAD Data Communications has announced the launch of the ETX-5300A Ethernet Service Aggregation Platform, which grooms Ethernet and TDM traffic from the access network to the provider’s edge (PE), enabling operators to substantially reduce their operational costs per Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) link.

Conforming to emerging Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) CE 2.0 specifications, the new device offers a complete Carrier Ethernet ecosystem in combination with RAD’s popular demarcation NTUs (NIDs).

“It’s almost magic what our engineers were able to do with this device,” states Amir Karo, Vice President of Marketing at RAD Data Communications. “RAD has applied its wide experience and technological expertise in access networks to design a central-site Carrier Ethernet solution tailor-made for pre-aggregation in larger networks but equally able to be deployed as a service hub in smaller operations or private networks,” he continues. “And we’ve addressed the ‘sweet spot’ for operators requiring full-blown functionality and high port capacity but packaged in a small-form factor box that uses less than half the power consumption than any competitive product in the market.” 

“RAD’s ETX-5300A is the type of solution that defines a next-generation carrier Ethernet access/aggregation platform optimized for converging business, wholesale, and mobile backhaul services onto a single, operationally efficient network infrastructure,” explains Stan Hubbard, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. “Its high port density, hierarchical traffic management features, synchronization solution set, 10GE ring support, and smooth service and network management integration with other Ethernet access platforms in RAD’s portfolio should resonate well with network operators looking to address a variety of applications.”

“To address current market pressures, service providers are looking to minimize costs and accomplish as much as possible with minimal equipment,” adds Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services at Vertical Systems Group. “With that in mind, their needs are best addressed by systems that intelligently aggregate and manage the most Ethernet traffic at the lowest cost and smallest footprint.”

The ETX-5300A aggregates up to 80 GbE or 16 10GbE access links into redundant 10 GbE ports, freeing up expensive PE capacity and significantly reducing CapEx and OpEx by cutting the price per link by half, or more, when working opposite RAD’s ETX Carrier Ethernet demarcation devices. It can also be deployed to deliver SLA-based business Ethernet services. The 3U-high device can easily be placed in street cabinets, basement communications rooms or crowded racks in their access POPs.

 “The ETX-5300A includes powerful hierarchical traffic management features to increase service efficiency along with wholesale carrier-to-carrier ENNI connectivity for end-to-end network visibility and service mapping, as well as legacy TDM capabilities,” notes Eyal Aloni, RAD’s ETX Portfolio Manager. “Moreover, it features an extensive toolset with an unsurpassed suite of advanced timing-over-packet synchronization technologies, including a 1588 Grandmaster Clock, so it can also be used to provide timing-over-packet services in wholesale networks and serve as a single instrument for empowering the convergence of business and mobile network services over the same infrastructure.”

“The ETX-5300A transforms RAD’s Carrier Ethernet portfolio into a complete ecosystem to build a full access network,” Aloni concludes. “Complementing our wide range of demarcation CPEs, it provides a single source access solution with the same ‘look and feel’ in terms of service and network management, and is built to lead the market in delivering high performance at an affordable cost.”

About RAD

Founded in 1981, privately-owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access and backhaul equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, carriers, and enterprise networks. The company's installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world, including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Vodafone. RAD is an active participant in industry organizations such as the IETF, IP/MPLS Forum, ITU, and MEF. Its customers are supported by 32 offices and more than 300 channel partners in 165 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: http://www.rad.com. Twitter: http://twitter.com/RADdatacomms

 

The Princeton Review Releases Free "Guide To 322 Green Colleges" In Partnership With The U.S. Green Building Council

Downloadable Book Profiles Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges

(New York, NY) April 17, 2012 - As the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), today released the third annual edition of its unique, free guidebook saluting the nation's most environmentally responsible "green colleges."

"The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition" profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The 232-page book––the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges––can be downloaded at princetonreview.com/green-guide and centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide. The Guide was developed with generous support from United Technologies Corp, founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

The Princeton Review, well known for its education and test-prep services, first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 in collaboration with USGBC, which is best-known for developing the LEED green building rating system. In 2010, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student learning experiences.

College applicants using the guide will find in it:

  • School profiles with application, admission, financial aid and student enrollment information
  • "Green Highlights" write-ups detailing each school's most impressive environmental and sustainability initiatives
  • "Green Facts" sidebars reporting statistics and facts on everything from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies programs, and green jobs career guidance
  • A glossary of 40+ green terms and acronyms from AASHE to "zero waste"
  • Lists identifying schools in the book with various green distinctions - among them: those with LEED-certified buildings and those that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

The guidebook also has an introductory section discussing sustainability issues and advice on living green on campus.

"College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review. "Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly 7 out of 10 (68 percent) told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," he added. "Together with USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices. To that end, we highly recommend the terrific schools in this book."

"In this unique period of time during their college search, prospective students and their parents have a combined buying power of at least $464 billion. Colleges and universities need to demonstrate a deep commitment to sustainability to the 68 percent of students who say that a school's commitment to sustainability is part of their decision making process," said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. "We're glad to be able to offer a resource like The Princeton Review Guide to help make our future college student's decisions a little easier."

How Schools Were Chosen for the Book
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual "Green Rating" scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Company tallied Green Ratings for 768 institutions in summer 2011. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include those scores in this book's school profiles.) Information about The Princeton Review's Green Rating methodology and its "Green Honor Roll" list saluting schools that received Green Ratings of 99 is at princetonreview.com/green.aspx.

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation, private tutoring, and more than 150 print and digital publications. The team includes over 5,000 teachers and tutors in the US and Canada, and a network of international franchisees. The Princeton Review provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.

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

About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is how USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From the kindergartner entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, the Center provides the resources and support to elevate dialogue, accelerate policy and institute innovation toward green schools and campuses. Thanks in part to generous support from founding sponsor United Technologies Corporation, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit centerforgreenschools.org, or connect on Twitter and Facebook.

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

 

Who Are the Gigabit Internet Subscribers?  Study Released by FTTH Council Explores Existing Gigabit to the Home


(WASHINGTON) - Early adopters of gigabit fiber optic service are online for three times the daily average of Internet users and tend to have relatively complex home networks supporting five or more devices, according to a study released by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas.

The report, provided to the Council by Telecom Thinktank and RVA LLC, offers a glimpse into the small but growing community of gigabit Internet users who are receiving their service from one of more than a dozen telecoms that now offer the service in locations throughout the world.  Gigabit subscribers were surveyed to determine their motivation and utilization of the ultra-high speed broadband access.

Download the report here.

Individual subscribers connected at gigabit speeds, or a thousand megabits per second, constitute a relatively new phenomenon, with the service having been first introduced by Hong Kong Broadband in 2010.  Since then, the number of telecoms offering gigabit service has been rapidly growing and includes mostly small-footprint operators serving densely populated areas and a few rural telecoms that are using their fiber infrastructure to attract new business and to bring their rural populations into the information age.

Among the network operators now offering gigabit service to homes in the United States are EPB in Chattanooga TN, Paxio and Sonic.net in California, and Lafayette Utilities in Louisiana.  Early gigabit providers in other regions of the world include Telia in Sweden, ZON in Portugal, Turkcell Superonline in Turkey, and NTT and KDDI in Japan.    Most of the 2012 gigabit service offerings are symmetrical, with both upload and download clocking in at a full gigabit per second.

Among the global network operators, it is estimated that the total number of residential subscribers receiving gigabit service is still in the hundreds.  However, the report anticipates that the number will grow significantly over the next year as large gigabit-enabled FTTH services are rolled out in South Korea and Singapore, and by Google in Kansas City in the United States.  RVA estimates that another 20 small, US-based FTTH providers, including municipal and competitive networks and some small local phone companies, are currently rolling out a gigabit service offering.

In their user survey, Telecom Thinktank and RVA found that the current crop of gigabit subscribers are:

  • Online an average of 8 hours per day, compared with the U.S. Internet user average of 2.5 hours per day.
  • The "earliest of early adopters," with relatively complex home networks consisting of five or more network devices.  In the U.S., 12 percent of gigabit users had 10 or more networked devices in their homes.
  • Content creators, as Hong Kong Broadband's traffic measurements show its gigabit subscribers using three times the upload bandwidth when compared to their download use.  Upload speed is critical for distributing HD photos and videos, efficient "cloud computing" and virtual presence video conferencing.

"Essentially, this study confirmed what one might expect, that those who subscribe to gigabit services have multiple applications in play at all times, including social networking, HD downloads, and streaming media via Netflix, Hulu and other sources, all while they participate in several multiplayer online games through multiple consoles," said Heather Burnett Gold, President of the FTTH Council Americas.

"But what many people might not expect is that gigabit service is already available in a number of locations throughout the world, that more gigabit FTTH networks are presently coming online and that the number of gigabit subscribers is likely to grow significantly over the next couple of years," she added.

The report found that most of the telecoms providing gigabit service are doing so to establish themselves as the undisputed market leaders in bandwidth and connectivity, and to enable them to offer ultra-low latency and bundle values to technophiles and high-bandwidth users requiring a large pipe to support multiple devices and services.  Network operators also cited the appeal of superfast connectivity to work-at-home professionals requiring low latency and rapid file transfers.

Pricing for gigabit service ranges from a low of US$26 per month from Hong Kong Broadband to a high of US$560 per month at network operator Turkcell.  None of the network operators providing gigabit service was found to cap subscriber bandwidth usage.

About the FTTH Council North America:

Now in its 11th year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. Its mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

IDEAL Lowers Cost of Certifying & Documenting LAN Cabling

This deal is an outstanding time to add these testers to your quiver of capabilities, Certified network cabling is almost a universal requirement in today’s market. You don’t want to get left out.

Special Promotional Savings of up to 65% on SignalTEK Gigabit Ethernet Certifiers  

SAN DIEGO, CA, APRIL 17, 2012 -- IDEAL Industries Networks, the networking technology division of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. (www.idealindustries.com), has dramatically reduced the cost-of-ownership for network cable testers by offering special promotional pricing on its professionally acclaimed SignalTEK Gigabit Ethernet Certifiers.  The promotional pricing -- available as up-front, no hassle discounts  -- makes an outstanding value even better.

 

"For any contractor or IT manager who is on the fence about buying a Gigabit certifier this is a huge motivation to buy now," said Dan Payerle, Business Unit Manager for IDEAL Industries Networks. "We are giving customers every incentive to pick up a SIgnalTEK, from an amazing new price to including with the tester our industry-leading warranties, software, and customer service."

 

SignalTEK™ is designed to verify that installed cabling can support bandwidth-heavy voice, video and data applications. Reliable and feature-rich, this handheld tester will stream live 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet packets to simulate real-world traffic on the network and then measure errors on the link in accordance with the IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet standard. The tester also supports Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) for VoIP, data and video over-IP applications.  

  

Effective immediately for as long as supplies last, the promotional prices are: 

  • IDEAL SignalTEK Copper (#33-974C) list price has been reduced by 52 percent from $1,342 (U.S.) to $650.
  • IDEAL SignalTEK Fiber Ready (#33-987C) list price has been reduced by 65 percent from $2,157 (U.S.) to $750.
  • IDEAL SignalTEK Fiber with 850nm SFPs (#33-981C) list price has been reduced by 64 percent  from $2,482 (U.S.) to $900.  

To find out where you can take advantage of these special discounts call 800-435-0705 or visit www.idealindustries.com.

 

Leviton Provides New Resources for Integrating Smartphones and Other Devices into a Home Network

New videos and wiring diagrams make it easy to connect to a home entertainment system

Bothell, Washington – April 17, 2012: Leviton today launched a series of new videos, diagrams and equipment lists to help contractors and customers seamlessly integrate iPhone® and Android smartphones and other media-streaming devices into a home network. The new materials provide detailed information on connecting devices using a set-top box like Roku® or Apple TV®, or through a Wi-Fi connection using an Apple AirPort Express® or AirPlay®-enabled receiver.

The new wiring scenarios are designed to provide smartphone convenience and connected home performance. Each scenario features a Leviton Structured Media® enclosure to serve as the nerve center of the home network – the hub for Internet, video, voice and multi-room audio distribution. From there, Leviton connectivity equipment such as network routers, audio modules and speakers help homeowners integrate and easily share music, videos and photos throughout their entire home network.

“Starting with a Leviton Structured Media enclosure makes the initial installation quicker and easier,” said Yuna Shin, connected home product manager for Leviton Network Solutions. “It also provides homeowners with a unique opportunity to easily make moves, additions or changes as their home network evolves.”

Example setup configurations include:

·         Leviton Home Theater with Apple TV – using Apple TV, wirelessly stream music or video from a smartphone or tablet and get movie theater-quality sound with Leviton’s line of JBL architectural speakers and amplified subwoofer.

·         Leviton A-BUS® with Apple AirPort Express and Local Source 4-Zone Multi-room Audio – with A-BUS technology mounted in a Leviton Structured Media enclosure and individual volume controls, it’s easy to share a smartphone’s playlist throughout the whole house, or in just a single room.

·         Leviton System Matching Module with Apple AirPort Express – seamlessly stream music to every room in the house with Leviton’s six-zone system matching module and an Apple AirPort Express wireless router.

·         Leviton Distributed Audio with an Airplay-Enabled Receiver – play music wirelessly from a smartphone for everyone to hear with an Apple AirPlay-enabled receiver, a Leviton Gigabit Router for high-performance connectivity and Leviton’s line of JBL loudspeakers for professional-quality sound.

Detailed wiring diagrams and demonstration videos for all of the configurations above are available at www.leviton.com/connectedhome.

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/levitonmfg or http://www.youtube.com/Levitonmfg.

 

IDEAL Mourns Passing of Former Vice President of Sales Bob Bukowsky at Age 71

SYCAMORE, IL, APRIL 17, 2012 -- IDEAL is deeply saddened to announce the passing of its former Vice President of Sales, Robert "Bob" Bukowsky at age 71.

A world-class salesman, Bob began his career with IDEAL as National Sales Manager.   In 1993, he became Vice President of Sales, where he successfully managed the IDEAL sales team and built a network of distributors across the United States. During his tenure with IDEAL, Bob achieved many milestones, including the development of several distributor development programs, development of IDEAL’s territory growth program, and most notably the successful transition of the company's position in the market from primarily selling wire connectors and hand tools into a thriving and innovative supplier of a diverse range of installation and testing solutions across several markets. 

Bob was a strong supporter of NAED and was often seen with his wife Franca at NAED meetings “selling” IDEAL and working with others to strengthen the association and support the industry.   He became a member of the Manufacturer’s council in 2003, was Chair in 2008 and in 2011 received Honorary Life Membership.  The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) also recognized Bob with its Associate Award for outstanding contributions of an individual to the industry in 2007. Bob served on the NEMRA (NMG) Manufacturers Group Executive Committee from 2000-2004, including the role of Chairman in 2003-2004. In 2005, at their 35th Annual Conference in New York, he was honored with the Thomas F. Preston Award for his steadfast support of NEMRA and its independent manufacturer representatives. Bob retired from IDEAL in May 2008. 

Bob was active in many charitable organizations. Most recently, he served as a board member of the Kishwaukee Family YMCA and was a fundraiser for the Strong Kids Campaign. 

"The IDEAL family sends its deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Bob, to those who worked with him and to everyone who enjoyed his outgoing, friendly personality," said Dave Juday, Chairman of the Board for IDEAL. "We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Bob is survived by his wife, Franca; son, Michael (Rebecca); grandchildren, Caden and Carter; sister, Elizabeth; brother, Michael; Franca's daughter, Jessica Davis; Brett and Mike's mother, Sandra Bukowsky; and many other family and friends. 

 To sign the online guest book, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com.

ABOUT IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

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

 

FIBER OPTIC SAFETY – a new educational package from The Light Brigade = Outstanding

FIBER OPTIC SAFETY – from the new DVD Here’s what’s in the program:

Introduction to Safety Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:32

Development of a safety program is critical for any organization. This chapter provides an overview of fiber optic, laser, and mechanical safety disciplines, safe optical fiber handling, laser classifications, and protective measures for lab, manufacturing, and user environments.

Introduction to Lasers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13:39

This chapter explains the basics of laser theory, the types of laser light sources used in fiber optic communication systems, and how the laser’s invention led to the development of the optical fibers that helped to create today’s fiber optic communications industry.

Safe Use of Lasers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12:05

It is important to understand and apply the safeguards defined by the ANSI Z136.2 and the IEC 60825-2 standards. This chapter discusses laser classifications and power levels, as well as the control measures for eye and skin exposure.

Handling Optical Fibers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:16

Technicians who work with optical fibers must pay close attention to eye and skin safety. This chapter discusses concerns and possible problems including safe disposal of fiber waste for lab, manufacturing, splicing and termination scenarios.

Safe Cable Handling and Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12:09

This chapter addresses hazards in cable placement, such as heavy equipment, cable pulling tension, fall protection, proximity to high voltage, and working in trenches. Cable preparation safety includes the proper use of tools and the safe disposal of cable debris.

Solvent and Chemical Safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:24

Fiber optic technicians use different chemicals, adhesives, and solvents when working with optical fibers and cables. This chapter covers many of the common ones, plus required right-to-know documentation such as materials safety data sheets.

Personal Protective Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:07

This chapter discusses the types of safety glasses specifically designed for use near lasers and optical fibers in lab, manufacturing, and user applications. Also included is the importance of the correct clothing and breathing apparatus for various fiber related tasks.

Safety in Confined Spaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:44

This chapter includes an overview of confined spaces per the ANSI Z.117 standard, as well as related topics such as suffocation, toxic gasses, requirements for safety harnesses, entrapment issues, and possible safety issues related to water in vaults and manholes.

Optical Safety in Fiber Optic Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30

While most fiber optic communication systems use low optical power, the ITU G.664 and G.39 standards address possible safety issues with DWDM and long haul systems, as they may incorporate high power EDFA and Raman optical amplifiers. Types of optical inspection and test equipment required are covered along with specialized safety products.

Emergency Restoration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:55

Many emergency restorations occur due to bad weather conditions.  Working “against the clock” to quickly bring back service online can lead to potential safety hazards. Examples include national disasters, weather related conditions, and proximity to high voltages.

Bonus Materials — Quiz with both instructor and student versions.

SAFETY IS TOO IMPORTANT TO IGNORE

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CABA NewsBrief

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies.

The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.

CABA's mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives. WWW.CABA.ORG

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§                     Wearable electronics emerge as commercial products
Sarah Rotman Epps, a senior analyst at Forrester Research, writes about trends in wearable electronic products in this analysis. Available products include the Nike+ Fuelband sensor wristband and the Adidas adizero F50 sneakers, she notes, while the augmented-reality eyeglass prototypes from Google's Project Glass and other products are coming out of research and development. All Things D (4/17)

§                     Survey: One-quarter of U.S. consumers would buy an Apple TV set
If an Apple-branded television set comes on the market, one-quarter of U.S. consumers surveyed by KAE stand ready to purchase the product. Among U.K. consumers, that figure is slightly higher. Among respondents who already own an Apple product, the percentage of ready purchasers is 38% in the U.S. and 42% in the U.K., according to the marketing and research firm. ElectronicHouse.com (4/17)

§                     Tablets are the leading second choice for TV watching
More tablet owners are using their mobile devices to watch full-length television shows. A study from Viacom found that tablets are the leading second-screen alternative, used for 15% of TV show viewing. Some respondents still prefer their TV sets, though, especially for sports or favorite shows. Rapid TV News (4/17)

§                     Smartphone payments expected to beat credit cards by 2020
Most consumers will be using their smartphones to make payments by 2020, many tech experts say. In a Pew Research Center survey, 65% of tech experts said mobile payments would outpace credit card use, though 33% said consumers wouldn't trust mobile technology to replace cash and credit. Even if mobile payments become popular, they will just mean more options for consumers, some said. "When credit cards arrived, checks did not disappear, and neither did money," said Geoloqi CEO Amber Case. Network World/IDG News Service (4/17)

§                     Energy harvesting to power more elements of home automation
EnOcean is entering the home automation market, licensing its self-powered products to other companies. EnOcean's energy-harvesting technology potentially can be used to power light switches, sensors and other products in home automation systems, promoting more efficient use of energy in residences. ElectronicHouse.com (4/16)

§                     Wireless Smart Utility Networks Alliance established
The Wi-SUN (Wireless Smart Utility Network) Alliance has been established by a group of companies involved in smart utility network products and technology to support certification and promotion of an interconnect standard for wireless smart grid devices to better communicate from remote locations and with home appliances. Metering.com (4/11)

§                     YouTube makes 600 MGM titles available for rental
YouTube added more than 600 MGM movies, including "West Side Story" and "Moonstruck," to its video-rental service and Google Play. Parent company Google has deals with five of six major film studios as it works to compete with Apple's iTunes and Amazon's Prime. The Washington Post (4/16)

§                     Philips TV joint venture looks to the future
TP Vision, the television manufacturing joint venture between Royal Philips Electronics and TPV Technology, is focusing on three goals, including increasing the number of Internet-connected TVs in its product line. The JV will also seek to sell more TVs to hotels and other parties in the hospitality business and to closely integrate TVs with audio products and other electronics by Philips. Pocket-Lint.com (4/13)

§                     Dolby, Philips roll out Dolby 3D
Dolby Laboratories and Royal Philips Electronics have developed a 3D high-definition format that they hope other companies will embrace. Dubbed Dolby 3D, the format is intended for use in glasses-free 3D displays and mobile devices. TWICE (4/12)

§                     Automation system can manage radiant heat flooring in homes
Climate Automation Systems has developed env, a home-automation system that can manage boilers, radiant heat flooring, pumps and temperature sensors to improve energy efficiency. Created by Ron Antinori, a software programmer, env is meant to go well beyond the usual thermostat in monitoring and regulating energy use in a residence. CEPro.com (4/12)

§                     Buffalo launches two new powerline accessories
Buffalo Technology is entering the powerline-based broadband extension accessory markets later this year with the Airstation Nfinity PL-05H adapter and the WPL-05G300 router and wireless access point. The powerline system can be used to extend a broadband network by transmitting data over household electrical wiring, allowing any room in a home to be used as an access point where a wireless network can be created. Electronista (4/13)

§                     Video: Samsung launches flexible display under YOUM brand
Samsung's flexible AMOLED displays will be marketed under the brand name YOUM according to information on the company’s Mobile Display site. The electronics titan has teased us with concept videos and product demos of the flexible display technology over the last year. It finally revealed that the panels would be incorporated into commercial hardware in 2012 and has now registered the technology as a trademark under the YOUM logo. InAVate (4/11)

§                     New smart home installation featured in Jeddah apartment building
Jeddah lies in the west of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea coast. Here, smart buildings are attracting the attention of every sector, including private owners of residential buildings who want to elevate the standards of their homes and buildings. EnOcean (3/27)

§                     Can the White House's "Green Button" work?
The White House announced it had secured a commitment from nine major utilities companies to give some 15 million consumers online access to an unprecedented, granular look at their household energy consumption through a new, one-click tool called the "Green Button".The tool — which will take the form of a literal, green colored button on the participating utilities websites later this year — is designed to allow consumers to see where they are using energy, where they are wasting it and to help improve efficiency. TPM (3/30)

§                     Incandescents going out with a bang, NEMA report finds
Two NEMA indexes on lamp shipments released in March may speak volumes about consumer psychology. The index for incandescent lamp shipments jumped 29.4 percent in Q4 2011, compared to Q3 2011. The CFL index increased a far more modest 3.6 percent over the same three-month period. The calendar year comparison is also revealing. Shipments of CFLs decreased by 6.6 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. Conversely, incandescent lamp shipments rose 16.4 percent during 2011. Illuminating Engineering Society (3/28)


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§                     Researchers develop energy efficient building "envelopes"
Researchers in a two-year project at the University of Michigan are developing building "envelopes" designed to reduce buildings' carbon footprints. The envelopes make use of sensors and special building materials. Battle Creek Enquirer/The Associated Press (4/15)

§                     Study finds green buildings improve financial performance, lower costs
A new study by University of Notre Dame management professors Edward Conlon and Ante Glavas shows that business performance in LEED rated buildings exceeds that of non-certified properties. The first-of-its-kind study compares the financial performance of 93 LEED rated bank branches with 469 non-rated branches owned and operated by PNC Financial Services Group, using consumer deposit and loan data collected between 2008-2010. PRWeb via Seattle Post Intelligencer (4/11)

§                     Northeast Utilities, NStar close $5 billion deal
Following 18 months of federal and state review, Northeast Utilities closed April 10 on its $5 billion purchase of NStar, creating one of the biggest utilities in the United States. The newly combined company operates six electric and natural gas utilities serving 3.5 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is the largest utility in New England. The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman (4/10)

§                     FBI warns smart meter hacking likely to spread
A series of hacks perpetrated against so-called “smart meter” installations over the past several years may have cost a single U.S. electric utility hundreds of millions of dollars annually, the FBI said in a cyber intelligence bulletin. The law enforcement agency said they have found the first known report of criminals compromising the high-tech meters, and that it expects this type of fraud to spread across the country as more utilities deploy smart grid technology. Krebs on Security (4/9)

§                     Walmart reaches 100 on-site solar installations
Walmart has completed its 100th solar technology installation with the addition of six stores in Colorado, integrated and managed by SolarCity. Collectively, the installations are supposed to generate roughly 3 million kilowatt-hours or electricity annually, according to Walmart and SolarCity. The installations in Colorado represent a total of 2 megawatts in solar generation capacity. ZDNet (4/6)

§                     Agencies cite security as main hurdle to telework expansion
While more companies and government agencies are embracing policies that allow employees to work remotely from home, almost half of polled government IT professionals say concerns about security remain a significant barrier to widespread telework adoption. According to the Telework Exchange's 2012 Telework-Mobile IT Almanac, federal agencies are planning to add more mobile-asset-management and -authentication technologies to their cybersecurity platforms over the next two years to address the issue. NextGov/Wired Workplace blog (4/10)

§                     Zero emission buildings deliver quality, comfort and sustainability
Case studies continue to reveal that new zero emission building technologies deliver quality, comfort and sustainability to building owners and property managers. LONMARK Magazine (4/4)

§                     Buildings in L.A. saved $150 million in energy costs last year
For the fourth year in a row, Los Angeles has been ranked the number one city with the most Energy Star certified buildings in the US. According to the list of 25 cities, Los Angeles boasts 659 certified buildings, putting it well ahead of Washington, D.C. with 404 and Atlanta with 359. 2degrees (4/16)

§                     Ten frequently asked questions for selecting LEDs
There are no silver bullets when it comes to choosing lighting products. Facility managers have many choices for lighting products in general and, increasingly, LED products, specifically. But not all products are equal and LEDs are not always the best solution. Research and analysis is needed to establish the needs of the space and weigh the benefits of each individual solution prior to selection of a product. If it appears that LEDs are the solution to pursue, there are still several questions — from basic to technical — facility managers should consider before product selection. Facilities.net (4/2)

§                     ZigBee Light Link declared ready for business
The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies, creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, announced it completed development and ratified its ZigBee Light Link™ standard. The lighting industry now has an open, global standard, backed by a broad competitive ecosystem, offering wireless control for some of the world's most efficient and flexible LED lighting solutions. Sacramento Bee (4/17)

§                     San Francisco Public Utility Commission unveils smart green building
It is no surprise that an intriguing, eclectic and progressive city such as San Francisco would be home to the smartest green building in the world. The newly constructed San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC) has raised the bar quite high. For energy efficiency and sustainability the SFPUC building is hard to beat. It uses 55% percent less energy and consumes 32% less electrical demand than the ASHRAE baseline standard. Smart Buildings LLC (4/12)

§                     CSI and CSC Release MasterFormat 2012
The Construction Specifications Institute and Construction Specifications Canada announced the 2012 updates to MasterFormat, their flagship product used to organize construction documents for commercial, industrial and institutional building projects in the United States and Canada. CSI and CSC added 76 new numbers/titles, changed 18 of the existing numbers/titles and deleted three that duplicated existing numbers/titles. The Construction Specifications Institute and Construction Specifications Canada (4/1)

§                     Pike Research releases new report on global building stock
Although the building construction industry has not yet fully recovered from the financial crash of 2008-2009, the global building stock is expected to expand steadily over the coming decade. According to a new report from Pike Research, the building stock will grow to 182.5 billion square meters, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.3%, by 2021. Pike Research (4/13)

§                     Video: Microsoft Kinect being used for telehealth and 3-D anatomical modeling
Using Microsoft Kinect, custom software, and 3-D anatomical modeling, the "Medical Mirror" creates a moving reflection of your body from the inside out. Data from your hospital or doctor's office is then mapped to this digital version of yourself, which is also accessible via your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Medical Avatar/YouTube (4/2)

§                     Corning to buy bulk of Becton Dickinson's Lab products
Corning Inc., plans to pay roughly $730 million in cash to acquire the bulk of Becton Dickinson & Co.'s lab-products business, snapping up a portfolio it said would significantly increase its presence in the life-sciences market. Wall Street Journal (4/10)

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§                     QA Graphics Releases v3.0 of Data Manager for Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard
QA Graphics is pleased to announce the release of version 3.0 of the Data Manager, an integral component of the award-winning Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard® (EEED) solution. The Data Manager is capable of gathering real-time data from multiple buildings across multiple locations, allowing companies to educate on their key performance indicators anywhere, anytime.

§                     Other Items

FieldServer Technologies Partners with Amika Mobile Extending Reach to Fire Alarm and Building Automation
EMerge Alliance Advances DC Power to the Desktop

Capital Review Group Announces Membership in Highly Regarded National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Philips Joins EMerge Alliance Board

Schneider Electric and UNLV Study: Misconceptions about Efficiency Initiatives and Impact on Customer Satisfaction Deters U.S. Hoteliers from Investing in Energy Management

Financing HVAC and Building Controls with Section 179D Deductions
Encelium's New Polaris 3D Lighting Control Software Application Available On December 15


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  CABA Research Spotlight

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§                     Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Policies and Actions
This report from Johnson Controls explores energy conservation through improvements in new and existing buildings. Policies that can impact building energy conservation are reviewed. Among these are building efficiency codes, energy conservation targets, public awareness campaigns, financial incentives, utility programs, and workforce training. There are opportunities now for collaboration between building owners and policy makers. Read the full report as published in CABA's Public Research Library. Paid CABA membership provides you access to the world's largest collection of connected home and intelligent building research: CABA Member Research Library.

  Education & Training 

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§                     Webinar: Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings
CoR Advisors will host a webinar in conjunction with the Continental Automated Buildings Association, to highlight CABA's recently completed collaborative research study that identified, defined and sized the main business opportunities presented by the growth of smart grids in relation to intelligent buildings. CABA’s “Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings” research study estimated that the North American smart grid marketplace will reach $8 billion in revenue by 2013 and will exceed $10 billion by 2015. The study found that the fastest growing components of the smart grid market are grid applications, followed by: demand response and peak load management, building energy management systems, and smart meters. Join us on July 20 at 12:30 pm ET for a full report of the findings from this landmark CABA research project.

§                     Webinar: How to Meet the Increased Demand for Data on Wireless Networks
Join USTelecom and Cisco on Thursday, April 26 at 2 pm ET for this free webinar discussing how Wi-Fi offload can be a solution for meeting the anticipated increase in data usage. The webinar addresses: Motivation for Wi-Fi offload; Inhibitors to adoption of Wi-Fi; Deployment scenarios; Wi-Fi offload architecture; Consistent policy framework for wireless and Wi-Fi; User experience; and Device requirements and dependencies.

§                     Webcast: A Construction Recovery At Last— But How Long And How Strong?
Expert chief economists from Reed Construction Data, the Associated General Contractors of America and the American Institute of Architects are joining forces once again to host the upcoming economic webcast: A Construction Recovery At Last—But How Long and How Strong? The webcast, to held on May 3 at 2 pm ET, will feature leading construction industry chief economists, Kermit Baker, Bernard Markstein, and Ken Simonson, in an analysis of likely future activity within the various construction sectors.

§                     Webinar: Bundling home automation with security to boost RMR
In this webinar, to be held Wednesday, April 25 at 2 pm ET you'll learn how to bundle basic home automation like HVAC control, lighting control, door control and video for home management and supervision with you current security offerings. Interactive services are here, and security integration and monitoring companies need to be able to offer them to better serve their customers.

§                     Webinar: Going Green: Separating Fantasy From Reality
The marketplace has been bombarded with thousands of products and services for energy management and "green" building solutions. But sometimes what works on the white board doesn't always play out as well in the field. This CoR Advisors webcast, to be held April 27 at 12:30 pm ET, will address a number of different technologies and solutions for energy efficient buildings and whether they fall under the category of "fantasy" or "reality" -- and why. We'll discuss the viability of solutions such as web-based HVAC optimization programs, wireless sensors and controls, net-zero energy buildings, smart grid integration, comprehensive carbon and energy reporting platforms, and more... from both a technical and economic perspectives.

§                     Webinar replay: Home Energy Management: Beyond the Hype
According to a recent Pike Research report, almost half of consumers surveyed are interested in tools for better managing energy use in the home. Yet the market remains stalled. Featuring senior analyst Neil Strother and Kent Dickson, the CTO of energy management platform leader Tendril, this webinar explores possible scenarios as the market unfolds through 2020.

 CABA News

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§                     CABA President & CEO to speak at Broadband Community Summit 12
The Broadband Community Summit 12 will take place April 24-26, 2012 in Dallas, TX. Ron Zimmer, CABA President & CEO, will be presenting on the topic of broadband and MTUs on Thursday, April 26 at 11:10 am CT. The topic will focus on the impact of advanced communications services in buildings. Anyone wishing to meet with Mr. Zimmer at the Broadband Community Summit should contact him directly at zimmer@caba.org. After the completion of the event, Mr. Zimmer's presentation will be posted on the CABA Web site in the presentation section.

§                     CABA to offer new research subscription/membership benefit
CABA members can now have their company product and services videos featured on the CABA YouTube channel. The CABA YouTube channel has currently received over 28,000 views and is growing in popularity within the connected home and intelligent buildings industry. CABA endorses over 100 CABA member industry events each year and has captured video of innovative products and services from several of these events. To visit the CABA YouTube channel go to: http://www.youtube.com/cabaconf. For more information on how your videos can be featured on the CABA YouTube Channel, please contact George Grimes, CABA’s Business Development Manager at 613.686.1814 x226 or grimes@caba.org.

§                     Honeywell International joins the list of sponsors for CABA's Landmark Research Study, "Intelligent Buildings and the Competitive Bid-Spec Process"
CABA has developed a detailed overview of the study including: the background, purpose and objectives of the study - which are designed to greatly improve the understanding of the market imperfections and the inconsistencies that exist in designing and implementing intelligent building projects, as well as making investment decisions on intelligent technologies. Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Diebold Incorporated, Honeywell International, Philips and Siemens Industry, Inc. have confirmed their sponsorship of the "Intelligent Buildings and the Competitive Bid-Spec Process" Landmark Research study. The recording of the recent webinar and prospectus can be viewed at: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/bid-spec. For details on how you can participate in this CABA Landmark Research Study, contact: George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager at: 613.686.1814 x226 or grimes@caba.org.

§                     CABA to launch "Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes 2012" project
Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes 2012 is a brand new collaborative landmark research study designed to greatly improve the understanding of residential smart grid development and deployment in terms of: identifying market demand and growth areas for new products, comparing competing product strategies and communication of competitors, determining product preferences for end-users, developing messaging that resonates with target audiences, defining critical success factors to expand product offerings to end-user markets and establishing a market approach and foundation for strategic decision-making efforts. The recording of the recent webinar and prospectus can be viewed at: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/smart-grid-2012. Hydro One Networks Inc., IBM, Microsoft Corporation, Pella Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Southern California Edison and TELUS have committed to participate, while many other organizations are interested. To become involved in this research project and to learn about the NEW Free Frost & Sullivan Bonus Report you can receive, please contact George Grimes, CABA’s Business Development Manager at 613.686.1814 x226 or at grimes@caba.org and or John Hall, CABA's Research Director at 613.686.1814 x227 or at hall@caba.org.

§                     CABA continues to gain, maintain industry support
The Board of Directors of the Continental Automated Buildings Association would like to thank and recognize the following CABA members that renewed their CABA Research Subscription/Membership. Your continued support of CABA is greatly appreciated.

§                                 Monster Cable Products, Inc. (Member since 2009)

§                                 Broan-Nu Tone LLC (Member since 2010)

§                                 Electro-Federation Canada (Member since 1992)

§                                 Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (Member since 1993)

§                                 Instituto Mexicano del Edificio Inteligente (Member since 1994)

§                                 Canadian Design Build Institute (Member since 2003)

The CABA Board would also like to recognize the following new members that joined since the last CABA NewsBrief:

§                                 Pella Corporation (Board Member)

As CABA is an international not-for-profit industry association, this support enables CABA to provide networking opportunities, research programs and information to the industry in regards to the advancement of connected home and intelligent building technologies.

For information about CABA Research Subscription/Memberships, please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager at
grimes@caba.org or 613.686.1814 x229. To view a listing of 300+ CABA members go to: www.caba.org/members.


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