Heard on the Street – by Frank Bisbee – Newsfeed

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November 2011



Communications and Driving Do Not Mix

Electrical contractors area mobile army with thousands of vehicles, but now a threat to the safety oftheir workers is growing. In an age defined by the convenience of cell phonesand other technology, we’re beginning to see some communications and driving donot mix.

Bisbee’s Buzz

You’ve seen those drivers on the road, phone to the ear and driving brain almost in neutral. You’ve done it yourself, fumbling with phone dialing, reading or sending a text message. Then there is checking e-mail….(read more)


NECA 2011 San Diego A Smashing Success

Nearly 5,000 Participate in Convention, Trade Show

BETHESDA, MD® The National Electrical Contractors Association wrapped up its 2011 Convention and Trade Show several exciting days of education and exploration at …(read more)


Megladon Mfg Fiber Technology Scores Big With US Military

Megladon Product Presentation on HLC Fiber Optic Technology Deemed a BIG STEP AHEAD for the Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Technology Conference 2011…(read more)


FOA – Timely Notes For HOTS

We’re off to do seminars in Auckland, Sydney and Malaysia.

Jim Hayes – President of The Fiber Optic Association


New Loss Calculator App For iPhone and iPad – Free! Download FO…(read more)


BICSI Bits & Pieces

Register Now for the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition BICSI is excited to announce that registration for the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition is open. Experience the world-class information technology…(read more)


IEEE Experts Say Existing Intelligent Transportation Technologies Could Eliminate 90 Percent of Traffic Accidents

Within 20 Years Intelligent Transportation Technologies Will Significantly Change How Societies Travel and Use Energy, Predict IEEE Experts

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly every traffic acc…(read more)


Megladon Sweeping the Network and Military Markets With New Angle Polished HLC® ScratchGuard® Fiber Optic Patch Cords

Austin, Texas, September 13, 2011 — Megladon Manufacturing Group took a monumental step for the CATV market by adapting the HLC process to angle polished connectors. Angle polished connectors have been used for years in high …(read more)


OpticalCable Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend

ROANOKE, Va., Oct. 17, 2011/PRNewswire/ — Optical Cable Corporation (Nasdaq GM: OCC) (“OCC®” orthe “Company”) today announced the declaration of a regular quarterlycash dividend to OCC’s shareholders.

OCC’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.01 per share on the Company’s common stock effective October 14, 2011.  The dividend will be paid on or about November 15, 2011 to shareholders of record on October…(read more)


Intertek testing shows new24-fiber MTP® system complies with IEEE performance requirements

Third-Party Tests Confirm Leviton Opt-X® Unity System Exceeds 40/100G Standards

Leviton Network Solutions, a division of Leviton Manufacturing Inc., announced that its Opt-X Unity 40/100G Fiber System has been tested and verified b…(read more)


WESCO net income up 60 percent in quarter

WESCO International (NYSE: WCC) said Thursday its net income rose 60 percent in the third quarter on stronger sales and two acquisitions.

Net income jumped to $53.9 million, $1.11 per share, compared to $33.7 m…(read more)


Woman floored by an off-the-hook $200,000 phone bill

A higher than usual phone bill can leave anyone stunned. Andwhen Celina Aarons got a jaw-dropper for morethan $200,000, it was no mistake.

The Florida woman has a plan that usually costs her $175 a month. She includes two of her brothers on it, who are deaf and mute, and use smart phones extensively for texting and communicating more easily.

“He’…(read more)


International CES Named Largest Tradeshow with Highest Economic Impact by Trade Show Executive Magazine

2010 International CES Earned Top Spot in TSE Gold 100 Rankings

Arlington, Va., October 21, 2011 — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that the 2010 International CES® was named both …(read more)


Siklu’s EtherHaul E-Band Wireless Radio Successfully Participates in EANTC Interoperability Event

EtherHaul Effectively Demonstrated Standard G.8032 Ethernet Ring

Protection, Synchronous Ethernet Compatibility, QoS over microwave

Tel-Aviv, Israel, October 11, 2011 — Siklu Communication Ltd., pro…(read more)


Registration is Now Open for the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition!

BICSI is excited to announce that registration for the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition is open. Click here to register now! Visit now to browse the conference schedule, register for the conference and beg…(read more)


Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Organizes U.S.-China Green ICT Seminar in Beijing

Seminar Will Provide Official Forum for High-Level Conversations Between Key U.S. Government Officials, Chinese Policy Officials and Industry Leaders on Green Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

Washi…(read more)


BOMA Real Estate and Academic Leaders to Examine the Commercial Real Estate Workplace and Workforce in 2025

The BOMA Foundation and Georgetown University Present “2025: A Vision for Commercial Real Estate”

(WASHINGTON—Oct. 31, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Foundation will present its seco…(read more)


It is time to plan for the 2012 NECA Show, powered by the National Electrical Contractors Association. Be a part of the largest electrical construction show in North America!

NECA 2012 Las Vegas will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention & Resort Hotel. September 30 – October 2, 2012!

This is the FIRST TIME the entire NECA Convention & Show will be held under one roof!…(read more)


Tech Industry Veteran Greg Papadopoulos to Keynote OFC/NFOEC 2012 Plenary Session

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27—New Enterprise Associates venture partner and former Sun Microsystems CTO Greg Papadopoulos is set to give a keynote presentation at the plenary session of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and…(read more)


The Interconnected Home – Part 1 = A (Very) Brief History of Communications to the Home

By Edward Brown

We are experiencing a revolution in communication and control systems that is changing the way we live.

For a long time there were two major systems of distributed electrical wiring coming into homes: power and telephone, and oh yes, one minor system — cable TV. The revolution developed slowly at first, and on two different fronts. There was the development of communication and control technology and the changes in the Federal regulations governing these systems.(read more)


NECA 2011 San Diego A Smashing Success, Nearly 5,000 Participate in Convention, Trade Show…NEXT YEAR = VEGAS

NECA’s 2012 Convention and Trade Show will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center, Sept.29-Oct. 2. Preliminary meeting information can be found on www.necaconvention.org and highlights,pictures and daily video broadcasts from NECA 2011 San Diego can be found onblog.necaconvention.org.(read more)


Attend Courses at BICSI World Headquarters in Tampa

World Headquarters Course Update Don’t miss out on these opportunities to advance yourself and your career. Kick off the new year by improving your skills and achieving your credential in January 2012 at BICSI World Headq…(read more)


BOMA – New Research Highlights American and British Outlooks on Economic Recovery, Tenant Drivers

(WASHINGTON October 18, 2011) A survey of American and British property professionals published recently reveals that more American property professionals feel that the economic recovery is underway than their British co…(read more)


CABA NEWS BRIEF Continental Automated Building Association

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Cut Costs & Streamline Compliance Reporting Across Your Physical Security Infrastructure WEBINAR

Please join: Quantum Secure and Security Products

Topic: Cut Costs and Streamline Compliance Reporting Across Your Physical Security Infrastructure

Date: Thursday December 8, 2011

Time: 2:00 P…(read more)


General Cable Announces New Agent – Blomquist, Densley & Young

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, November 3, 2011 — General Cable is pleased to announce the appointment of Blomquist, Densley & Young as General Cable’s authorized agent to represent its extensive line of cord, cordset, …(read more)


Graybar Reports Third Quarter Results

Company Achieves Record Net Income of $32.5 Million for the Quarter

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 7, 2011 — Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply…(read more)


CRAIG CONSULTING SERVICES – Schedule BICSI Training Classes Oct-Dec 2011

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A Hot Date with Cool Tools! (LANSHACK & QuickTrex Pro)

By Tony Casazza

Did you know that in ancient times a hammer was used to inflict pain on one’s enemies? Modern hammers are used to inflict pain on oneself. I’ve had many a throbbing sore thumb to prove it. Ask an…(read more)



With all the talk about wireless traffic going up over 5000% in three years and 15,000,000,000 networked devices predicted by 2015, the National Broadband Plan that was supposedly assembled by experts falls short with the ta…(read more)


Leading Commercial Real Estate Companies to Submit Entire Portfolios to BOMA 360

Momentum Continues to Grow for Program Recognizing Best Practices in Building Operations and Management

(WASHINGTON — Oct. 17, 2011) A growing number of commercial real estate firms have committed to earning t…(read more)


NEMA Announces 2012 Board of Governors Officers

ROSSLYN, Va., November 3, 2011—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has announced the officers of its 2012 Board of Governors.

They are Dominic J. Pileggi, Chairman and CEO, Thomas …(read more)


NEMA Publishes Annual Electrical Standards and Products Guide

ROSSLYN, Va., November 8, 2011—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published the 2012 edition of its Electrical Standards and Products Guide, a comprehensive listing of NEMA electrical standards a…(read more)


NEMA Welcomes President Obama’s Signature of Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama

ROSSLYN, Va., October 21, 2011—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) welcomed signature today by President Barack Obama of implementing legislation for free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Col…(read more)


Concert Technologies Awarded GSA Connections II Contract


Concert Technologies, the leader in nationwide and international technology rollouts and deployments, today announced it has been awarded the Connections II contract by the General Services Administrat…(read more)



Tampa, Fla., October 17, 2011—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, is pleased to announce its new affiliation as a foundi…(read more)


New RAD All-in-One Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device Cuts Inventory and IT/OSS Costs, Speeds Deployment

MAHWAH, New Jersey, November 3, 2011 – RAD Data Communications announced today it will unveil the industry’s first All-in-One Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device at Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo Americas 2011 November 8-…(read more)


Oberon Secure Ceiling Mounting Solution Designed for Aruba Networks AP-135 Series Access Points

New Model 1066 Suspended Ceiling Enclosure Offers Physical Security, Aesthetic Appearance

State College, PA — October 19, 2011

Among the new products announced by Oberon, Inc. this fall is a ne…(read more)


Network Administrator Kit by QuickTreX® Designed for Anyone Maintaining a LAN

Beachwood, NJ — November 10, 2011   QuickTreX®, amanufacturer of high quality datacom products, introduces the NetworkAdministrator II kit, which is the ultimate toolkit for anyone who isresponsible for maintaining a LAN (local area network)…(read more)


McCormick Systems – New Estimating System Offers Numerous Standard Features

An exciting enhancement and upgrade of its estimating systems has led McCormick Systems to roll out the new WIN 4000 for electrical contractors – a product developed for the mid-sized to larger contracting firm that has br…(read more)


Surveillance at the Edge: Concepts for Critical Asset Protection WEBINAR

Please join: MOOG/Quickset, Inc. and Security Products

Topic: Surveillance at the Edge: Concepts for Critical Asset Protection

Date: Wednesday November 30, 2011

Time: 2 PM (EST) 11 AM (PST)…(read more)


Telecommunications Industry Association, Florida Atlantic University to Collaborate on Technology Standards Development

TIA Members to Advise FAU on Defining Its New Center Focused on Science, Engineering and Testing to Advance Telecommunications Standards

Arlington Va. — The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Flori…(read more)


TIA’s U.S.-China Green ICT Seminar Focuses on Innovations for Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Technology Solutions

In Beijing, High Turnout of U.S. and Chinese Government Officials and Industry Thought Leaders Discuss the Future of Green Information Communication Technologies (ICTs)

Washington, D.C. — The Telecommunications …(read more)


Uncomtech Signs Dow Inside Partnership Agreement

Becomes second Dow Inside Licensee in Russian Federation

Moscow, Russia — 25 October 2011 — Dow Electrical & Telecommunications, a global leader in technology and material science solutions for the power…(read more)


USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi Elected Chair of World Green Building Council

Fedrizzi steps up in organization’s tenth year, with plans to strengthen and grow local councils, raise voice and visibility of global coalition

Washington, DC – (Oct. 24, 2011) – Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and …(read more)


USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi Honored by Landscape Architecture Community

Fedrizzi recognized with Olmsted Medal for environmental leadership, vision and stewardship at ASLA annual meeting

Washington, DC – (Nov. 7, 2011) – Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. G…(read more)


ISC Solutions 2011—Conference/Exhibits Field Report by Ed Brown—The Writing Engineer

The International Security Conference & Exposition—also known as ISC Solutions—is the premier security event in the Northeast for the physical security industry, covering Access Control, Alarms & Monitoring, …(read more)


NECA NEWS – The National Electrical Contractors Association


Senate Passes Repeal of 3% Withholding Tax


The U.S. Senate today unanimously passed H.R. 674, legislation that would repeal the 3% withholding tax. The bill now r…(read more)


NFPA NEWS – the National Fire Protection Association



NFPA and USFA join forces again to Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

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Editorial – The Zettaflood Is Coming CNS Magazine

By Paul Barker – Editor CABLING NETWORKING SYSTEMS Magazine

Reprinted with permission from CABLING NETWORKING SYSTEMS Magazine


The ICT industry moves so quickl…(read more)


Cover story: Smarterand Smarter Buildings – CNS Magazine

A new type of contractor is developing who needs to understand the mechanical, electrical and the IT side of a building’s needs. Much of it has to do with the fact more systems including energy, HVAC, automation, security …(read more)


Q&A with Dave Evans, chief futurist with cisco systems Inc. – CNS Magazine

Reprinted with permission from CABLING NETWORKING SYSTEMS Magazine



CNS: What is the role of a chief futurist and what exactly do you do?

EVAN…(read more)


Standards column: The Cabling Highway -CNS Magazine

Reprinted with permission from CABLING NETWORKING SYSTEMS Magazine


Designers and the cabling experts have started a dialogue to look at the parameters for the next generation cablin…(read more)


The Case for 10 Gig – BICSI News Magazine

By John Awad, RCDD, NTS

Reprinted with permission from BICSI News Magazine


Better for Wi-Fi

In September 2010, a United States university encountered a challenge when …(read more)


Campus brings fiber and Cat 6A to the desk for advanced learning -CI&M Magazine

Reprinted with permission from PennWell’s Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine www.cablinginstall.com

Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics is a physical embodiment of a social netwo…(read more)


Are you ready for 40 and 100G? – CI&M Magazine

Reprinted with permission from PennWell’s Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine www.cablinginstall.com

12- and 24-fiber MPO-style cabling connectivity options for higher-speed Ethernet.

By Ga…(read more)


Five big reasons to upgrade your punchdown tool – CI&M Magazine

Reprinted with permission from PennWell’s Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine www.cablinginstall.com

New tools make for faster and easier termination, and reduce re-work.

By Paul Alexander,…(read more)


NECA and BICSI publish telecom grounding and bonding standard – CI&M Magazine

Reprinted with permission from PennWell’s Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine www.cablinginstall.com

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and BICSI jointly developed and recently pu…(read more)


COOL TOOLS – Qualification Testing -ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine

Reprinted With Permission from the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine


By Jeff Griffin

Qualification Testing

Documenting an installation

Structured wiring i…(read more)



Reprinted With Permission from the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine


Multimode fiber mode control

In fiber optics, there has been a lot of discussion about encircled flux -EF), much of it m…(read more)


Focus by Debbie McClung- Learning Your Terms – ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine

Reprinted With Permission from the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine


Internet Enhances Training Programs

The evolution of the virtual chalkboard has accelerated as demand has in…(read more)