HOTS – April 2016 Monthly Column

“Heard On The Street” Column | Issue: April 2016 | By: Frank Bisbee |

Bisbee’s Buzz

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION = Platinum Performance in a micro armor fiber optic cable – Performance and Durability for Mission-Critical Applications with the UNIQUE PATENTED TiniFiber Cable

INTEL slashes 12,000 jobs – still haunted by mobile failures

SBA Honors Outstanding Disaster Recovery Efforts

MITEL to acquire POLYCOM for $1.96 billion

All In for Chemical Safety! – Article by Robert Ernst from OSHA ON LINE/ 1105 Media Inc.

ALUMINUM – THE OTHER CONDUCTOR = paper by Bob Yanniello – Eaton Electrical Inc.

Berk-Tek Announces Jim Reichert New Vice President of Sales North America

BOMA in the NEWS

CABA in the NEWS




EVENTS – Under Review – GO or NO GO

FIBER OPTIC CABLING Shouldn’t be a dirty business ARTICLE : Connector Studies – Electrical Field Testing by Daniel Hogberg of Megladon Mfg.

How to bring Youth into your Organization – Article by John Chapin

IDEAL Sets Standard for Versatility with New RTQ™ XR™ Xtended Range Coaxial Cable Connectors

Leviton Manufacturing Company Appoints Ian Wilkie to Managing Director of Brand-Rex

NAED Announces 2016 Trailblazer Award Recipient – Sandy Rosecrans to be honored at the Women in Industry Forum

Versatile Twister® LT Wire Connector Can Replace Up to Four Standard Fixed-Spring Connectors

NEW from NECA — Pardon the Disruption – Finding What Works

NEBB Donates $10,000 to ASHRAE Research




SIGFOX Expanding Internet of Things Network in 100 U.S. Cities To Meet Strong Market Demand

Summit to explore latest 5G developments

Industry Leaders to be Honored at NAED National Meeting

FOA Publishes Two New Fiber Optic Textbooks – Guides to Fiber Optic Network Design And Outside Plant Construction





Utilities and IoT

The broader Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon will happen — although, today, the hype outweighs the reality — and utilities need to secure their position in that new operational environment, before third-party competitors grab much of the opportunity.

Indeed, we believe the opportunity goes well beyond the smart grid applications referenced above.  Forward-thinking utilities which have built fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks today can not only leverage that infrastructure for all manner of smart grid applications, but they can also offer Triple Play voice, video, and broadband services to residential and business customers. In the case of Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board (EPB), revenue growth since the FTTP network rollout in 2010 can largely be attributed to these Triple Play services, as demand for power has been flat over that same period.

Beyond such Triple Play offerings, utilities with robust communications infrastructure will be positioned to collaborate on smart cities projects — where smart lighting, smart transportation, and smart buildings efforts may all leverage the Energy Superhighway.

They’ll be equipped to create and manage territory-wide electric vehicle (EV) charging networks and to streamline integration of distributed generation (DG) resources like microgrids, solar and wind installations into the grid. They can participate in transactive energy markets, offer wide-ranging energy services and create virtual power plants. Simply put, most utility networks of today are not capable of supporting this wide range of needs.

Get ready, Set, GO!!!

While politics dominates the media, we need to be aware of the changes in Integrated Services Technology.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee – Editor

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Platinum Performance in a micro armor fiber optic cable – Performance and Durability for Mission-Critical Applications with the UNIQUE PATENTED TiniFiber Cable

Fiber is sweeping the global market like a tsunami. The Internet (I of T) and Mobile technology is forcing the use of fiber to accommodate the volume, speed and distance demands for the back haul to the networks. A recent report from CISCO gives us a shocking view of near future demands.

Annual global IP traffic will pass the zettabyte (1000 exabytes) threshold by the end of 2016, and will reach 2 zettabytes per year by 2019. By 2016, global IP traffic will reach 1.1 zettabytes per year, or 88.4 exabytes (nearly one billion gigabytes) per month, and by 2019, global IP traffic will reach 2.0 zettabytes per year, or 168 exabytes per month.

Global IP traffic has increased fivefold over the past five years, and will increase threefold over the next five years. Overall, IP traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23 percent from 2014 to 2019.

Busy-hour Internet traffic is growing more rapidly than average Internet traffic. Busy-hour (or the busiest 60‑minute period in a day) Internet traffic increased 37 percent in 2014, compared with 29 percent growth in average traffic. Busy-hour Internet traffic will increase by a factor of 3.9 between 2014 and 2019, and average Internet traffic will increase by a factor of 3.2. Busy-hour Internet traffic will reach 1.4 petabits per second (Pbps) in 2019, and average Internet traffic will reach 414 terabits per second (Tbps).

Metro traffic surpassed long-haul traffic in 2014, and will account for 66 percent of total IP traffic by 2019. Metro traffic will grow more than twice as fast as long-haul traffic from 2014 to 2019. The higher growth in metro networks is due in part to the increasingly significant role of content delivery networks (CDNs), which bypass long‑haul links and deliver traffic to metro and regional backbones.

Content delivery networks (CDNs) will carry nearly two-thirds of Internet traffic by 2019. Sixty-two percent of all Internet traffic will cross CDNs by 2019 globally, up from 39 percent in 2014.

Two-thirds of all IP traffic will originate with non-PC devices by 2019. In 2014, only 40 percent of total IP traffic originated with non-PC devices, but by 2019 the non-PC share of total IP traffic will grow to 67 percent. PC-originated traffic will grow at a CAGR of 9 percent, and TVs, tablets, smartphones, and machine-to-machine (M2M) modules will have traffic growth rates of 17 percent, 65 percent, 62 percent, and 71 percent respectively.

Traffic from wireless and mobile devices will exceed traffic from wired devices by 2016. By 2016, wired devices will account for 47 percent of IP traffic, and Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 53 percent of IP traffic. In 2014, wired devices accounted for the majority of IP traffic, at 54 percent.

Global Internet traffic in 2019 will be equivalent to 66 times the volume of the entire global Internet in 2005. Globally, Internet traffic will reach 37 gigabytes (GB) per capita by 2019, up from 15.5 GB per capita in 2014.

The number of devices connected to IP networks will be more than three times the global population by 2019. There will be more than three networked devices per capita by 2019, up from nearly two networked devices per capita in 2014. Accelerated in part by the increase in devices and the capabilities of those devices, IP traffic per capita will reach 22 GB per capita by 2019, up from 8 GB per capita in 2014.


Broadband speeds will more than double by 2019. By 2019, global fixed broadband speeds will reach 42.5 Mbps, up from 20.3 Mbps in 2014.

Cisco’s global IP traffic forecast and explores the implications of IP traffic growth for service providers. For a more detailed look at the forecast and the methodology behind it, visit Cisco VNI: Forecast and Methodology, 2014–2019.

July 2015 news proclaimed “After buying DirecTV, AT&T becomes the largest pay-TV provider in the world.”.  As the line becomes blurred between the TELCOS and CATV carriers, the competition has heated up to a fever pitch. The network companies are learning, sometimes the hard way, that a breach of service can send hordes of once loyal subscribers scurrying to the competition.  

Next to the connector, the actual cable construction is often the weakest link in most fiber optic networks. This is an area where network managers should never cut corners. If you think this subject is being over-stressed, imagine standing in front of the executive committee and explaining how your savings on bargain patchcords and cable just cost the company several thousand customers due to a service failure.

With the growing video on demand and streaming video content on the web, a need arises for high quality fiber optic products capable of withstanding this trend. Industry leaders and providers are having to transition into a more competent network infrastructure to conform to the now industry standard of high performance fiber optic networks. Add in the critical performance requirement of the added load of VOIP telecommunication services, today the demands of a growing network load at higher speeds are a formula for disaster if performance fails to meet the requirements.


Micro Armor Fiber™ Provides Increased Flexibility While Significantly Decreasing Time and Costs for Cabling Projects

Smart Choice Communications Works with TiniFiber® to Provide Superior Voice and Data Services to Clients

Smart Choice Communications is an end-to-end telecommunications consulting and management company that provides a full range of innovative infrastructure design, voice and data solutions, and cabling and wiring services to its growing client roster. The company is currently undergoing rapid expansion into the healthcare and retail industries, and Chief Technology Officer Basil Stepanov is always on the lookout for new products and services to better serve the demanding technology needs of this customer segment.

Stepanov first encountered TiniFiber® while working on an extensive wiring job for a large television producer. “For this project, speed was of the essence,” remarked Stepanov. “When the client is constantly pushing large files under tight deadlines, it’s our job to make sure everything runs smoothly and with no hiccups. TiniFiber® helps us do just that.”

Micro Armor Fiber™ is tougher than other fiber without a doubt.  –Basil Stepanov

Since that first installation over a year ago, Smart Choice has continually scoped out TiniFiber® for a wide variety of projects and is working towards making Micro Armor Fiber™ the new standard for all cabling jobs going forward.

“Micro Armor Fiber™ is tougher than other fiber without a doubt,” says Stepanov. “It provides maximum flexibility and gives us much more versatility, allowing us to work in large buildings and get around bends without worrying about cracking or breaking.”

During some fiber-optic installations there is a need to provide extra protection for the cable due to the installation environment. That environment may be underground or in buildings with congested pathways. Installing an armored fiber-optic cable in these scenarios provides extra protection for the optical fiber and added reliability for the network, lessening the risk of downtime and cable damage due to rodents, construction work, weight of other cables and other factors.

“We’ve done a lot of installs in large stadiums and schools, and inevitably the client always requests changes a year or more later,” says Stepanov. “When you’re using standard fiber and moving it at an angle, it could potentially break and cost the client tens of thousands of dollars. Bottom line: when fiber breaks in a 100-story building, it’s a huge expensive disaster.”

Working with TiniFiber® has helped Smart Choice save their clients significant time and financial resources. Measuring 65% lighter in weight and 75% smaller in size than popular Aluminum Interlocking Armor (AIA) fiber optic cables, Micro Armor Fiber™ translates into more versatility, lower shipping and installation costs, and decreased manpower hours to complete projects.

“When scoping out new technology, the most important thing we look for is how it can help our clients,” Stepanov added. “With TiniFiber®, it was a no-brainer.”

TiniFiber is the tuff one. The product exceeds anything else they have ever used.” said Frank Bisbee, Editor of the Heard On The Street column (


INTEL Slashes 12,000 jobs – still haunted by mobile failures

Intel said it will slash as many as 12,000 jobs as it continues to try to recover from an inability to exploit the smartphone era and a waning PC market.

The Santa Clara, California-based firm said it will hone its focus on the cloud and the Internet of Things as it restructures in an effort to save $1.4 billion a year. The layoffs, which represent 11 percent of its workforce, will be completed by mid-2017.

Intel will take a $1.2 billion charge in the second quarter due to the move.

Once the king of a booming market for PC chips, Intel has consistently failed to tap the mobile market. The company’s mobile communications group lost a staggering $4.2 billion in 2014 and last year moved to cut $800 million in losses from the business. (It stopped breaking out its mobile losses last year.) Meanwhile, competitors such as Qualcomm, Apple and MediaTek have come to dominate a worldwide market for smartphone applications processors that rang up $20.9 billion in 2014, according to Strategy Analytics.

CEO Brian Krzanich told employees of the restructuring plan via e-mail, the company said. “These actions drive long-term change to further establish Intel as the leader for the smart, connected world,” Krzanich wrote. “I am confident that we’ll emerge as a more productive company with broader reach and sharper execution.”

Some of Intel’s woes appear to stem from its strategy of paying mobile device makers to use its older and more expensive chipsets in their gadgets, particularly tablets. Krzanich said last year that the company would continue to subsidize manufacturers but would do less of it than in previous years.

Despite its financial straits, though, Intel clearly has an opportunity to regain its footing in wireless. Rumors continue to circulate that Apple could use its chipsets in at least some models of the next iPhone, which would mark a much-needed win. And the company is well positioned to emerge as a leader in a worldwide market for IoT chips that will grow from $4.58 billion last year to $10.78 billion by 2022, according to a recent forecast from MarketsandMarkets.


SBA Honors Outstanding Disaster Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON – A Mississippi mayor who championed his city’s post-disaster economic recovery, a volunteer who developed a long-term emergency response plan for a small town in Oklahoma, and a pair of Staten Island entrepreneurs who stayed open for business and helped the area in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, will all be presented with the 2016 Phoenix Award on May 1 during a U.S. Small Business Administration National Small Business Week award ceremony.  SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will present the awards to each of them.

Since 1998, the SBA has presented Phoenix Awards to business owners, public officials and volunteers who displayed selflessness, ingenuity and tenacity in the aftermath of a disaster, while contributing to the rebuilding of their communities.

William Hill, Mayor of Louisville, Mississippi, will receive the 2016 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official.

The tornado that hit Louisville on April 28, 2014 ripped a path of destruction that was half a mile wide, and 32 miles long. More than 200 homes and businesses were destroyed or heavily damaged, and 10 people were killed.

Mayor William Hill and the residents of Louisville were looking forward to the creation of 200 new jobs after the city signed a contract with Winston Plywood and Veneer, a manufacturer of specialty plywood products, who would take over a former Georgia Pacific plant. The tornado destroyed the plant, creating another economic blow to the city of 6,600.

After overseeing the search and rescue efforts with local first responders and coordinating the initial recovery, Mayor Hill shifted his focus to Louisville’s long-term economic recovery. He reached out to the parties involved in the Winston Plywood and Veneer deal, which included investors, state and federal officials, to encourage the company to renew their commitment to build the plant in Louisville.

On January 30, 2015, Mayor Hill welcomed Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Winston Plywood and Veneer for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a new, state-of-the-art plywood mill. The project represents an investment of $50 million and will create 400 new jobs in Louisville.

Chris Fox of Moore, Oklahoma will receive the 2016 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer.

Chris Fox was working as a filmmaker/wedding photographer in May 2013 when a devastating tornado struck Moore. The storm destroyed entire city blocks, killed 24 people and left damages of $2 billion in its wake.

The next morning Chris gathered a group of ten volunteers to help with the massive cleanup task. He assumed a leadership role, and city officials took notice.  He organized a meeting at the church, and tweeted a request for more volunteers using the hashtag #ServeMoore. 

More than 3,000 people showed up the next day, bringing brooms, rakes, shovels and bags to haul away the debris. Within days the group of volunteers swelled to more than 10,000. When city leaders established the Serve Moore Community Renewal Center, they asked Chris to become its executive director. 

Chris established a protocol which included emergency preparedness for future disasters, while teaching volunteers how to respond quickly to the next crisis.

In March 2015, a smaller tornado struck Moore.  #ServeMoore instantly mobilized to clean up debris and get needed supplies and resources to those in need, and also served as the hub where residents and businesses received recovery assistance.

Maryann Piazza and Stephen Piazza, President and CEO of Majestic Vending and Services, Inc., will receive the 2016 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery. 

Majestic Vending and Services, Inc., began as a single gumball machine at a construction site in 1994. The grit and determination of owners Maryann and Stephen Piazza made it possible for the company that provides vending, office coffee services, and bottled water delivery to the New York City area to succeed.

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy’s ferocious winds toppled a tree next to Majestic’s warehouse, which crashed into the chimney, causing parts of the interior ceiling to collapse. Inventory, equipment, furniture and office supplies were destroyed.

The Piazzas turned to SBA and were approved for a disaster loan of $59,600. The loan gave them the capital needed to move forward with repairs, debris removal, and inventory and machine replacement. 

Maryann and Stephen never closed the business, kept their customers, and did not lay off a single employee. In fall 2013, Majestic Vending and Services was chosen by the National Football League to help cater a VIP Super Bowl party at the Meadowlands on February 2, 2014.


National Small Business Week is an annual event organized by SBA to recognize the achievements of the top small businesses in the nation. Since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year National Small Business Week will be recognized from May 1-7 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York, Denver, Phoenix, Oakland and San Jose, Calif.  Events throughout the week will be live-streamed on SBA’s website at  Make sure to check in during the event for live social media engagement, using the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz. For more information on the national events please visit:

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Visit the website at


MITEL to acquire POLYCOM for $1.96 billion

Unified communications vendor Mitel signed a definitive agreement on Friday to acquire communications and collaboration hardware and services provider Polycom. The $1.96 billion deal will result in the creation of an enterprise-focused unified communications powerhouse.

With Mitel focused on enterprise deployments and UC services and Polycom’s solid product lineup of hardware that includes everything from IP desk phones to telepresence systems, the combined company will essentially be a one-stop shop for all things UC. The acquisition will provide Mitel with Polycom’s extensive suite of voice and video peripherals and systems, as well as Polycom’s focus on being vendor neutral and ensuring interoperability between different UC services.

The deal likely got its start back in November when investor Elliott Management urged the two companies to merge. Elliot, which is usually described as an “activist investor,” is known for pushing large public companies together. It has been quite successful in previous endeavors, and there’s a good chance further pushes will come from the Elliott team in the coming years.

Once the Mitel/Polycom merger goes through, the company will operate under the Mitel name out of the company’s Ottawa, Canada headquarters. According to Mitel’s press release, the merger will make it the number one vendor in business cloud communications, conference phones and Open
SIP sets, as well as the top IP/PBX extensions vendor in Europe. It will also make it number two in videoconferencing and installed audio.

Whether or not the acquisition truly puts Mitel in those number one and two positions, there’s no arguing it will make the UC provider one of the top players in the space. Neither Mitel nor Polycom are names to ignore today, after all.

It will be interesting to see what Mitel has planned for its new Polycom assets. It seems unlikely the company will shift Polycom’s focus. Instead, Polycom’s product lines give Mitel a new greater customer base in peripherals, particularly in the growing huddle room category. Polycom is among the top hardware and peripherals vendors around the world when it comes to business audio and video. It also propels Mitel deeper into the videoconferencing space.

“Mitel has a simple vision – to provide seamless communications and collaboration to customers. To bring that vision to life we are methodically putting the puzzle pieces in place to provide a seamless customer experience across any device and any environment,” said Rich McBee, Mitel’s CEO, in a statement. “Polycom is one of the most respected brands in the world and is synonymous with the high quality and innovative conference and video capabilities that are now the norm of everyday collaboration. Together with industry-leading voice communications from Mitel, the combined company will have the talent and technology needed to truly deliver integrated solutions to businesses and service providers across enterprise, mobile and cloud environments.”


All In for Chemical Safety! – Article by Robert Ernst from OSHA ON LINE/ 1105 Media Inc.

Workplace labels must include the product identifier and general information regarding all of the hazards of the chemical(s).

By Robert A. Ernst

On March 26, 2012, OSHA published the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), “harmonizing” it with portions of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). In order to minimize the disruptions to employers, OSHA phased in the requirements of the revised standard over four years. The previous, staggered compliance dates for HCS implementation addressed employee training; container labeling and safety data sheets (SDSs); and employer compliance with written plan and labeling requirements.

The final implementation date is June 1, 2016. By that date, all employers must:

Update alternative workplace labeling as necessary,

Update their hazard communication (HazCom) program as necessary, and

Provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.

But just what does that mean to you? How do you identify new hazards that you haven’t had to label for or train on previously?

Identify New Hazards

Because of the way OSHA now identifies, or “classifies,” chemical hazards, your chemicals may have “new” hazards. To identify these new chemical hazards, OSHA expects the employer, or whoever is responsible for the workplace HazCom program, to review the container labels and the SDSs for the hazard classifications.

Where new hazards are identified on the label or the SDS, because of the adoption of GHS classifications, those new hazards must be reflected in the HazCom program, as needed. If you identify new chemical hazards, you must make sure that workplace labeling reflects those new hazards and that employees are trained on those hazards. For instance, a chemical might now carry a classification as an eye irritant or as corrosive to metal. These new hazards would have to be evaluated and be reflected in the written program and employee training. Or the chemical may not have been considered hazardous before, but it is considered hazardous under the new classification system. That chemical would have to be added to the workplace chemical inventory.


New shipments of hazardous chemicals will arrive at your establishment properly labeled under the HCS. Incoming labels on shipped containers may not be removed or defaced unless the container is immediately marked with the required information, such as a workplace label.

Workplace labels—also called secondary, internal, in-house, or in-plant labels—can duplicate the supplier’s label elements or can be an alternative labeling system. Workplace labels must include the product identifier and general information regarding all of the hazards of the chemical(s).

The NFPA and HMIS rating systems do not correlate with the HCS classifications. The NFPA and HMIS rating of 1 indicates a “low” hazard, while the HCS classification of 1 represents the greatest hazard. However, the HMIS or NFPA system may be used as part of an employer’s workplace labeling system if used in accordance with the NFPA and HMIS guidelines and as long as it does not cast doubt or contradict the validity of the label information.

In some cases, all hazards are not addressed by a particular rating system, such as chronic health hazards. Therefore, hazards not addressed must be communicated by words, pictures, symbols, or a combination thereof in addition to the NFPA or HMIS rating system.

You do not have to update labels on containers already in your facility, even if the containers are labeled under HCS 1994, unless you will be shipping them out of your facility. However, if you become aware of newly identified hazards that are not disclosed on the label, you must ensure that the workers are made aware of the hazards, such as with updated labels.

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

Employers must maintain the current version of the SDS; if a new SDS is received with a shipment, they must maintain it and make it available.

You should not receive any new shipments of hazardous chemicals that do not have a revised SDS. If you do not receive an SDS with or prior to any new shipments of a chemical, you can request one from your supplier.

Employers may rely on the information received from their suppliers unless they know the information is incorrect. If you receive an SDS that is obviously inadequate—with, for example, blank spaces—you must request a compliant one. If you cannot get a compliant SDS after requesting one, contact your local OSHA area office for assistance. Employers assume no responsibility for the content and accuracy of the SDS provided to them by the manufacturer, importer, or distributor, unless the employer changes the SDS.

The SDS must be provided and maintained in English. However, the SDS may be translated into other languages that workers speak to aid in comprehension and training. There is no requirement to translate SDSs; however, it is recommended that the employer ensure information from the SDS is available to the employees in a manner they would understand easily in case of an emergency.

OSHA does not require employers to contact manufacturers, importers, or distributors to obtain new SDSs of products for which they currently have MSDSs. You must maintain the most recent data sheet you have received for a product. OSHA does not consider an employer to be in violation if that employer is maintaining an MSDS for a product unless the supplier has provided a newer version and the employer is not maintaining it.

If the manufacturer has gone out of business, the employer’s responsibility is to maintain the SDS (or MSDS) for that product and not to create a new SDS.

Employers may contact manufacturers, importers, or distributors of products they have previously ordered from to request new SDSs, and if they do so, the manufacturer or importer must provide the SDS.


Employers are required to inform employees of the basic requirements of the standard, such as specific chemical hazards in the employee’s work area, the location of the written HazCom program and SDSs, and how to read container labels and SDSs.

Hazardous chemical training must include:

How to detect the presence or release of hazardous chemicals;

The physical and health hazards of those chemicals; and

Precautions employees can take to protect themselves against hazards, such as safe work practices, personal protective equipment, and emergency procedures.

OSHA requires training to be comprehensible. If the employees receive job instructions in a language other than English, then the training and information to be conveyed under the HCS also will need to be conducted in that language. If an employee’s vocabulary is limited, the training must account for that limitation. By the same token, if employees are illiterate, telling them to read training materials will not satisfy the  employer’s training obligation.

In multi-employer work sites, each employer is responsible for providing updated training when its own employees are exposed to new hazards, even if these hazards are created by other employers. The host employer (the company using temporary workers) holds the primary responsibility for training because it uses or produces chemicals, creates and controls the hazards, and is therefore best suited to inform employees of the  chemical hazards specific to the workplace environment through site-specific training.  This duty includes identifying and communicating work site-specific hazards and providing appropriate protective equipment to temporary workers. The HCS training provided to temp workers should be identical or equivalent to that given to the host’s own employees.

The Written Plan

Employers are required to prepare and implement a written hazard communication program, including employers on a multi-employer work site who may expose their employees or the employees of other employers to hazardous chemicals. The written program is intended to ensure that the employer is in compliance with all of the required elements of the standard. The written plan must include a list of the hazardous chemicals known to be present, using a product identifier
that aligns with the SDS and the label.

An employer on a multi-employer work site must include in its program the methods it will use to provide other employers with on-site access to SDSs. This covers each hazardous chemical to which the other employers’ employees may be exposed.

Therefore, one employer does not have to physically give the other employer the SDSs, but rather must inform others of the location where the SDSs will be maintained (e.g., in the general contractor’s trailer). The HCS allows employers to decide on the method of information exchange.

Staying in Compliance

Now is the perfect time for employers to review their HazCom program. OSHA believes that most employers will not  have to make extensive revisions to their written programs, including the chemical inventory, because of the June 1 date.

But because that date is coming up, employers can use it as an opportunity to examine their HazCom program for compliance. Ensuring that your program addresses OSHA’s requirements, especially the means of communicating information to employees in the workplace, will help you stay in compliance.

About the Author

Robert A. Ernst is an Editor with J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. He specializes in OSHA compliance and workplace safety and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of safety and adult training. His areas of expertise include hazard communication and chemical safety, injury and illness recordkeeping, flammable liquids, first aid/CPR/AEDs, and fire safety. In addition to researching and creating content for J.J. Keller products and white papers and answering customer questions on a variety of workplace safety topics, he presents webcasts for Keller, has written for professional journals and publications, and is a frequent presenter at professional gatherings.

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Reprinted with permission from OSHA ON LINE / 1105 Media Inc.


ALUMINUM – The Other Conductor = paper by Bob Yanniello – Eaton Electrical Inc.

We’d like to share with you this paper written by Bob Yanniello, Division Engineer Manager at Eaton Electrical Inc.

Bob’s paper concludes that, “aluminum, as proven by third-party standards such as UL, is a suitable conductor in many electrical products and has been given a bad rap due to problems associated with residential wire terminations. Aluminum provides a lower weight to current-carrying ratio compared to copper. Aluminum has a lower tensile strength than copper, but approaches that of copper for the equivalent ampacity. When terminated with appropriate plating, hardware and processes as stipulated by the governing standards, aluminum bussing, wiring and terminations prove to be as reliable as copper. Finally, the choice of aluminum conductors can provide a significant cost savings.”

Topics that are covered are:

  • Misconceptions
  • Mechanical properties
  • Electrical Properties
  • Reliability Considerations
  • Cost Considerations
  • Manufacturers’ Limitations

Click here to read the paper.


Berk-Tek Announces Jim Reichert New Vice President of Sales North America

New Holland, PA, April 19, 2016 – Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company and leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions, announces the addition of Jim Reichert as Vice President of Sales North America, effective April 25, 2016. Jim will be responsible for sales revenue in the U.S. and Canada, overseeing all Berk-Tek Territory Business Managers and Strategic Account Managers.

Jim spent his career to this point with both WESCO and Anixter for combined 20+ years in a variety of management roles as Branch Manager, Sales Manager, Business Development Manager and lead development of a Supply Chain account group. He also drove the business growth at CDS Corporation, and most recently served as VP of Sales for Rittal-U.S. He graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Business Administration and has a keen understanding of the Strategic Account process.

“Jim’s industry experience and proven track record of success will empower our sales teams to continue to provide the expertise, service and support that are the hallmarks of Berk-Tek. We’re pleased to have him come on board,” states Paul Trunk, Berk-Tek President.

About Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company

For more than 50 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 and Fuquay-Varina, NC. For more information, visit

About Nexans

Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions that deliver increased performance for our customers worldwide. Nexans’ teams are committed to a partnership approach that supports customers in four main business areas: Power transmission and distribution (submarine and land), Energy resources (Oil & Gas, Mining and Renewables), Transportation (Road, Rail, Air, Sea) and Building (Commercial, Residential and Data Centers). Nexans’ strategy is founded on continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development, customer training and the introduction of safe, low-environmental-impact industrial processes.

In 2013, Nexans became the first cable player to create a Foundation to introduce sustained initiatives for access to energy for disadvantaged communities worldwide. We have an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, employing close to 26,000 people and generating sales in 2014 of 6.4 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, please consult:


BOMA in the NEWS

BOMA 360 Performance Program® Welcomes First Quarter Designees

 (WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 4, 2016) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International conferred the BOMA 360 Performance Program® designation upon properties in commercial real estate markets from Atlanta to Toronto in the first quarter of 2016

The BOMA 360 Performance Program evaluates commercial 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. Since the program’s inception in 2009, more than 1,350 designations have been conferred in nearly 70 markets worldwide. Earning a BOMA 360 designation offers buildings tangible results, measured through higher tenant retention and satisfaction scores, higher rental rates and documented operations and management savings and efficiencies as reported in designee surveys and by CoStar and Kingsley Associates.

“BOMA International is pleased to see the continued success of the BOMA 360 program,” commented BOMA International Chair Kent C. Gibson, BOMA Fellow, president of Capstone Property Management, L.C. “The designation has become the gold standard for building operations and management in commercial real estate markets around the world.”


About BOMA International

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at


BOMA International Offers Seven Tips to “Green” the Landscape for Earth Day

(WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 20, 2016) This year, the Earth Day Network has unveiled the first of five large undertakings that will count down to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020: Planting 7.8 billion trees to help mitigate climate change and pollution, protect biodiversity and support communities. In keeping with the “Trees for the Earth” Earth Day 2016 theme, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has issued a list of strategies that commercial real estate professionals can use to create more environmentally friendly landscapes.

“BOMA International has long been committed to providing property professionals with the information and resources they need to implement environmentally sustainable practices,” said BOMA International Chair Kent C. Gibson, BOMA Fellow, president of Capstone Property Management, L.C. “Creating a ‘green’ landscape is an important way for commercial building owners and managers to support the environment while improving the curb appeal of their properties.”

Here are seven practical ways commercial real estate professionals can make their landscapes even “greener” this Earth Day, April 22, and throughout the rest of the year:

1.    Plant more trees. From providing shade for outdoor seating areas to improving the aesthetics of your property, adding more trees to your landscape design can come with a host of benefits. Placing trees strategically around a property also can help shield lower floors from direct sunlight, reducing heating and cooling costs year-round.

2.   Choose your “green” wisely. Landscaping in Arizona should look much different than landscaping in Wisconsin. Picking plants that work well with the local climate and ecosystem will mean less work—and water—to keep your plants and trees healthy and looking good.

3.   Try composting. Many areas now offer professional composting services that turn a tenants’ paper and food waste into nutrient-rich compost that can help your lawn stay green.

4.   Save water. Landscaping accounts for the majority of water use in most commercial properties. Regularly check for leaks in the irrigation system to prevent water loss, and consider cutting back on watering by one day a week.

5.   Upgrade your irrigation. Installing drip irrigation or greywater recycling may pay for itself over the long term through significant reductions in water use.

6.   Think inside the building. Adding more plants indoors can improve air quality and complement the interior design. Office plants may even boost employee morale, as access to nature can have a positive impact on people’s moods.

7.   Enjoy your landscape. Celebrate Earth Day (or just the warmer weather) by hosting a tenant appreciation event outside, if possible, and show off the hard work of the building landscape team.

BOMA International is proud to offer these strategies as part of its own continued leadership in the area of sustainability in the commercial real estate industry. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized BOMA International with the 2016 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence. This is the ninth time BOMA has been recognized by the EPA with an ENERGY STAR award and it remains the only commercial real estate association to have received this honor. In 2009, BOMA International also received the Climate Protection Award, the EPA’s highest honor.

For more information on BOMA International’s green initiatives, as well as more tips and strategies for greening commercial buildings, visit


BOMA International Releases Critical Research on Tenant Occupancy Density

(WASHINGTON, D.C. — May 6, 2016) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has announced a recent research initiative exploring the effects of densification and workplace transformation on the built environment. Densification refers to the growing trend of tenants leasing less space per employee in order to reduce costs. Increases in the number of people occupying unchanging tenant spaces have implications for how buildings are operated, and everything from potential wear and tear on a building and its systems to tenant health and hygiene must be considered.

In order to help address industry concerns, BOMA International has published a white paper exploring the many implications of increased density: “Decoding Densification: Insights and Opportunities for CRE Professionals.” This white paper identifies and analyzes three main findings: that densification is happening, but unevenly; that densification is best understood in a larger context; and that the challenges of higher density are real, but manageable. Gaining a better understanding of modern workplace transformation can help those in the industry avoid potential problems and enhance building marketability to tenants. In fact, many tenants who want to decrease their square footage per employee in their space may rely on property professionals to help guide them through this process, offering building owners and management teams the opportunity to create a practical, sustainable solution for all parties.

To help facilitate this process, BOMA International has created the “Tenant Leasing Checklist: A Guide for Assessing Tenant Occupancy Density.” The checklist is designed to help property professionals consider and properly address the effects a tenant’s occupancy density will have on the buildings systems at the time of a new lease or a renewal. Using this resource, property professionals can identify more easily the areas that may be impacted by a tenants density, including cleaning and trash removal, elevators and escalators, restrooms, fire and life safety, HVAC and fresh air, electrical systems, parking, amenities and more. The nature and ramifications of densification can vary significantly from building to building, but knowing what questions to address beforehand can streamline the process and avoid unnecessary challenges. 

“BOMA International is dedicated to supporting the commercial real estate industry by providing critical research and analysis on emerging trends,” said BOMA International Chair Kent C. Gibson, BOMA Fellow, president of Capstone Property Management, L.C. “With the right information, the commercial real estate industry is not only capable of successfully navigating the challenges of the densification, it also is poised to take advantage of the opportunities it represents.”

To learn more about BOMA’s workplace transformation research and to download the white paper and checklist, visit the BOMA International website.


About BOMA International

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at


CABA in the NEWS

CPEIA, CABA to release landmark white papers at CPES2016 – Intelligent Buildings, Connected Homes on the agenda at Canada’s Printable, Flexible, Wearable Electronics

Symposium OTTAWA— April 11, 2016—The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association and the Continental Automated Buildings Association, will release two research papers for Intelligent Buildings and Connected Homes at the 2016 Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium (CPES2016). The CPEIA is the catalyst for Canada’s printable, flexible and wearable (PE) electronics ecosystem, while CABA is an international industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings. Under the terms of the strategic partnership established in January 2015, the CPEIA and CABA formed joint working groups drawn from their respective memberships to develop white papers that explore how PE technologies and applications can enable the Intelligent Building and the Connected Home. These two papers will be released as part of CPES2016, taking place at Sheridan College near Toronto.

CABA holds largest Forum in its history

May 4, 2016 CABA’s Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum, held last week, was its largest and most successful in the show’s history, shattering previous attendance records. The event brought together leading organizations involved in the integration of intelligent building systems and connected home technologies. CABA estimates that over 175 industry stakeholders gathered to discuss current trends in the intelligent and integrated buildings and connected home sectors. The Forum was held at the same time as LIGHTFAIR International, North America’s largest annual architectural and commercial trade lighting show: April 26-28, 2016 in San Diego. Event sponsors included: EZ Meter, Intellastar, Intermatic, nuLEDs, Pella, Project-Haystack and SkyFoundry. There were many companies represented at the event, including: AT&T, Cisco Systems, Honeywell, IBM, Intel, Siemens and Schneider Electric, along with other national and international real estate and technology companies, including CBRE, Cadillac Fairview, JLL, PLC, Manulife Real Estate, Philips and others.

The Forum featured keynote addresses from AT&T Digital Life, Cisco Systems, IBM, Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Schneider Electric and Realcomm, along with a speech by James Carlini, a renowned industry expert on cybersecurity infrastructure.



Much of the efforts done so far in cybersecurity are nothing more than building an ineffective Maginot Line for cyber-defenses.”

I pointed this out on a morning keynote panel discussion on Intelligent Infrastructure and Cybersecurity moderated by Roberta Gamble, of Frost & Sullivan, at the annual Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Conference held at the end of last month.  The panel discussed some of the issues facing real estate property owners who need to insure their buildings are not being overrun by hackers or other malicious intrusions. Cybersecurity has become a major issue for building owners as well as corporate entities.

CABA held its Intelligent Buildings and Digital Homes Forum conference in San Diego at the Handlery Hotel and Resort in San Diego on April 26th to the 28th.  Executive Director, Ron Zimmer, was happy with the turnout of over 190 executives who came out to discuss the real estate market and some of the key issues facing them when it comes to new strategies like supporting the Internet of Things (IoT) for attracting and maintaining corporate tenants in commercial buildings and cybersecurity.  There was also a track of sessions on the evolution of digital homes and their focus on energy management and security.

There were many companies represented at the event from CISCO, Honeywell, IBM, INTEL, Frost & Sullivan, Realcomm, and Siemon to other national and international real estate and electronics companies, like CBRE, Cadillac-Fairview, JJL, PLC, General Electric, and others.

The Internet of Things is only as good as the Internet of Reality: the Network Infrastructure.

This was one of the conclusions I presented in my keynote address on the first day of the Conference.  With more companies installing sensors, cameras, and other digital devices driven by software and servers, the network needs to be able to handle all of this increased traffic.

Between now and the year, 2020, we are anticipating a large growth in the number of devices. Today, there are about 10,000,000,000 wireless devices out there.  By the year 2020, the amount of devices is predicted as follows by the three companies listed:










With this amount of predicted growth, we need to insure the network infrastructure can handle that amount of devices and their anticipated growth in traffic from new applications.


A basic timeline for the evolution of standalone, intelligent buildings in the early 1980s into Intelligent Business Campuses of today:

1984-1986 – Initial concept, initial buildings – The initial idea of new, Intelligent Amenities versus Traditional Building Amenities to attract a higher-caliber of tenant.  Shared Tenant Services (shared phone systems and office automation), early Building Energy Management Systems (computerized versus manual controls), and internal network infrastructure became the building owners’ responsibilities. The IBI (Intelligent Buildings Institute in Washington, DC), came up with some basic definitions and new terminology.

Most of the momentum dropped off when the real estate industry skidded to a slowdown in 1989 through the early 1990s.  (Note: I wrote several papers focusing on the difference between traditional building amenities and new intelligent amenities like computer and telecommunication services as well as concept of comparing buildings in a whitepaper, “Measuring a Building’s IQ” in Real Estate Review in 1985.)

In 1988, Johnson Controls came out with, The Intelligent Building Sourcebook, a comprehensive published by Prentice-Hall.  In this book, I wrote a chapter on “Measuring a Building’s IQ”. The idea of comparing buildings based on their intelligent amenities started over three decades ago when working with JMB Realty, I designed a Building Test which measured three areas: Information Systems, Telecommunication Systems and Building Automation Systems.  I compared six commercial buildings in the downtown Seattle area in1986 (thirty years ago).  This was the first endeavor at measuring intelligent amenities offerings between commercial buildings in a major metropolitan area and coming up with a score to compare buildings.

1990s- Some progress in the area of building infrastructure, but other concepts were not really adopted or refined by majority of the real estate industry. The integration of cabling systems grew and a 1999 Initiative in Taiwan started a resurgence (development of Intelligent Industrial Parks (IIPs)).

Fiber optics started to play a larger role in network infrastructure and mission critical networks.

One of the big breakthroughs was the design of the Chicago 911 Emergency Communications Center where we demanded that trunks to the two supporting central offices be fiber optics, and not copper. We also connected 80 police and fire buildings with fiber on a 176-mile network across the city. At that time (1995), no other entity except for a network carrier had so many miles of fiber in the ground for a communications network.

2000s – More adoption, more sophistication, more integration. Evolution to multiple intelligent buildings and campuses occurred, not just single, standalone buildings. Clusters of buildings in Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs in US), more Intelligent Industrial Parks (IIPs) in Asia (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Korea), and use of redundant broadband connectivity (Fiber Optics, multiple network carriers)

2010sContinuing clusters of buildings – more IBCs and IIPs (commercial) across most continents.  The new impact of Smartphones as the new “edge technology” was being adopted across many areas.  Single venue developments for Smartphones (NFL Stadiums,  Ball Parks), to multi-venue Intelligent Retail/Entertainment/Convention center (IREC) complex and the new concept of an area covered electronically (the “Virtual Resort”) where a multi-venue area is developed for improving regional economic development (Cross-marketing of retail,  other venues, eCoupons, eDiscounts, customer demographics (Big Data), and increased sales taxes for municipality).

As we move forward, the impact of the growth in devices and sensors in buildings will demand more expertise in electrical contractors, network engineers, and system integrators to insure all these systems work flawlessly in a compatible environment.

At the conference, all the CABA Board of Directors were given a copy of LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, the visionary book on the convergence of Real Estate, Infrastructure, Technology, and regional Economic Development as Smartphones and Tablets become the new edge technology.

Remember, 20th century real estate and technology solutions cannot solve 21st century challenges in this new market. Get this comprehensive book and understand the new market:

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.



This is an excerpt of some key concepts from his upcoming book, NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, a book defining the changes in Military Infrastructure, Strategies and Tactics needed to win the War on Terrorism. It includes chapters on cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare.

If we are involved in a cyber-war, where are the frontlines? What are the defenses that will work?  Much of the efforts done so far in cybersecurity are nothing more than building an ineffective Maginot Line for cyber-defenses.

Should we be spending more time (and money) in figuring out cyberwarfare and protecting critical infrastructure instead of conventional warfare?


When it comes to NANOKRIEG, attacks aren’t measured in days or even hours. A whole cyberattack can last only a couple of seconds – or less. Battlefields are now in server farms, data centers, and across the network infrastructure. 

Cyberwarfare is the perfect tool for those engaged in asymmetrical warfare where their resources are inferior to their enemies. All they need is a small cadre of experts.

As Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War stated, “Quickness is the essence of the war.”  

In less than a second, 1000s of pinpoint cyberattacks on different targets can be executed by high-speed transaction processors.  Stocks could plummet.  Exchanges could be totally manipulated and accounts could be wiped out – or transferred. Certain controls in power grids and other utilities, like maximum temperature levels or power load levels, could be overridden. 

All of this can be done without regiments of trained soldiers or tons of supporting equipment. Some major attacks could happen and no one would even know about them.  Most are not reported – and you can understand why.

Weapons do not have to be flown into a battle zone or brought in by big transport ships, they are carried in by the network. Trojan horses, worms, viruses, denial-of-service attacks, and other destructive malware weapons do not need huge supporting logistics or long timeframes to assemble to “hit the beach”. They can be sent off in a microsecond on an electronic pathway to the “war zone”.

D-Day has become D-Microsecond.  Welcome to “Electronic Jihad”.  The asymmetrical warfare approach in the electronic age. Riches and treasures do not need heavy equipment, trains, or convoys of trucks to pull them out, they can get taken out on the network as well. Electronic valuables and critical information have no physical weight, just virtual value.


No company or financial firm wants to announce their protective measures are inadequate and that all their internal confidential information has been compromised. They would lose customers in a heartbeat.

When it comes to cybersecurity, 86% of organizations have inadequate capabilities according to a 2016 study performed by HPE (Hewlett- Packard).

We have already seen in multiple instances, where people’s credit card and personal information are stolen.  Where were the safeguards? Where
were the defenses against attacks?

According to IBM, almost one out of four financial institutions (23.8%) are still exposed.  Is your money sitting in one of these institutions?

There are no Frontlines any more, only virtual lines within electronic borders in NANOKRIEG.

As I have mentioned in a previous whitepaper, “The speed of response equals victory, or at least, survival.”

As I said in an earlier column:

Cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of Everything (IoE), 5G Networks, and other cutting-edge concepts will not materialize successfully in the future, if the supporting infrastructure is not solid and resilient against attacks. If it does have gaping holes in its defensive architectural framework against cyberattacks and EMP, it will fail.

More time and resources need to be expended in the area of organizational cybersecurity and critical infrastructure security. If 86% of the organizations are ill-prepared, then a cyberattack would probably be successful and that is not acceptable.

“Hit the Beach!” has been replaced with, “Hit the Grid!”

Carlini will be the Keynote Speaker on Intelligent Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at the CABA Intelligent Buildings and Digital Homes Forum in San Diego on April 26.

Carlini’s book will be out at the end of this year. His current book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY is available on AMAZON

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Copyright 2016 – James Carlini

KEYWORDS (tags) : EMP, NANOKRIEG, James Carlini, cyberattacks, cyberwar, cybersecurity, data centers, power grid, smartgrid, cloud-computing



WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Legrand has signed a definitive agreement to acquire* Luxul Wireless, an IP networking provider for professionally-installed, custom integration systems for residential and small-to-medium business (SMB) markets.

The explosive growth of IoT devices and automated systems throughout residential and SMB markets creates great demand for Luxul Wireless high-performance networks. As a leading networking provider in the market, Luxul Wireless will enable Legrand to capture this growing market demand.

“A great user experience starts with a great network and Luxul Wireless is #1 in their market. Their solutions will become an essential component of Legrand’s On-Q and Nuvo home systems, as well as supporting countless other systems,” said John Selldorff, CEO, Legrand North & Central America. “This acquisition brings best-in-class network expertise to Legrand and leverages many channel synergies.”


FTTH Conference & Expo

June 13-15

Nashville TN

Fiber to the home (FTTH) is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fiber from the operator’s switching equipment all the way to a home or business, thereby replacing existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires and coaxial cable. Fiber to the home is a relatively new and fast growing method of providing vastly higher bandwidth to consumers and businesses, and thereby enabling more robust video, internet and voice services.

Connecting homes directly to fiber optic cable enables enormous improvements in the bandwidth that can be provided to consumers. Current fiber optic technology can provide two-way transmission speeds of up to 100 megabits per second. Further, as cable modem and DSL providers are struggling to squeeze increments of higher bandwidth out of their technologies, ongoing improvements in fiber optic equipment are constantly increasing available bandwidth without having to change the fiber. That’s why fiber networks are said to be “future proof.

Connections: The Premier Connected Home Conference

May 24, 2016

FTTH Council Annual Conference – FTTH Connect

June 13, 2016


Annual Conference




FTTH Council Annual Conference – FTTH Connect


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Jun 13, 2016 12:00 AM America/Eastern


Jun 15, 2016 12:00 AM America/Eastern


Join us in Nashville to learn from thought leaders and industry experts, find the latest products and solutions in our Expo Hall, and share your experiences with more than 1,300 FTTH professionals.

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BICSI Fall Conference | September 11-15 | San Antonio, TX

New BICSI President Brian Ensign’s 3 Key Initiatives For The Association

March 8, 2016

In a recent announcement formally introducing its new president, Brian Ensign, BICSI stated that in the role of president, “one of Ensign’s main priorities is implementing the BICSI Board Strategic Plan.” The plan, BICSI added, “is of high importance to the association and its membership, and it is the foundation for staff priorities, financial stewardship, and continuity from one board of directors to the next.”

As such, over the coming year and beyond, focus will be placed on the following key initiatives.

  1. Modernizing and advancing BICSI’s credentialing program
  2. Finding new vehicles to connect with the emerging generation of ICT professionals
  3. Expanding outreach programs

“In addition, BICSI will continue to focus on global growth,” the association said. [Native Advertisement]

In his inaugural address on February 2, Ensign specifically pointed to those three initiatives as areas of focus. The Tweet embedded on this page was sent during Ensign’s address.

Ensign holds several of BICSI’s professional credentials—RCDD, NTS, OSP and RTPM. He also holds the CSI credential offered by the Construction
Specifications Institute. His two years as BICSI president will be his ninth and tenth years on the association’s board of directors. Most recently he served as president-elect, and previously was the association’s treasurer. “Throughout his 20 years of BICSI membership, he has been involved with multiple BICSI committees and has presented at BICSI conferences, conducted full-day training sessions and supported continuing education credits (CECs) in the development of training programs,” BICSI pointed out.

Ensign commented, “I truly appreciate the faith and trust the BICSI membership has put in me to lead this great association for the next two years. Along with the BICSI Board of Directors and staff, I will focus our efforts on achieving the goals set out in the BICSI Board Strategic Plan. This will also include the development of new task forces, third-party audits, a focus on human resources and careful management of the financial impact of these programs. I am committed to seeing these goals become accomplished to ensure the success of BICSI now and well into the future.”


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Cabling Industry Links

Industry Association

Synopsis of Association

Link to Website



Support higher education information communications technology (ICT) professionals in contributing to the achievement of the strategic mission of their institution.



The leading association of data center management professionals, is a dynamic community providing a forum for discussion, learning and   problem-solving.



A professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry.

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)


An international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies.

The Ethernet Alliance


A global, non-profit, industry consortium of member organizations that are dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies.

The Fiber Optic Association 

Dedicated to promoting professionalism in the field of fiber optics through education, certification and standards.

The Green Grid


Works to improve the resource efficiency of information technology and data centers throughout the world.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


The world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.



Promotes the industry and enhances members’ ability to conduct business successfully and competently.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


Gives state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective.

Network Cabling Directory


A top-ranked site on Google, Yahoo! and Bing by end-users looking for a cabling contractor and receives over 7,500 page views by over 3,900 unique visitors each month.


Proud to serve as the technical and applied science leader for the cable telecommunications industry.  Since its beginning in 1969, the Society has been dedicated to providing meaningful resources and programs for its members and the industry.


The leading trade association representing the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through Standards development, Policy initiatives, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking events.

The Uptime Institute


Provides education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars, independent research, and thought leadership for the enterprise data center industry and for data center professionals.




FIBER OPTIC CABLING Shouldn’t be a dirty business ARTICLE : Connector Studies – Electrical Field Testing by Daniel Hogberg of Megladon Mfg.


This set of tests was inspired by the desire to improve connector cleaning processes in a measurable way. The testing methodology was inspired by the 3M handheld electrostatic field meter, which was designed to measure the charge value (volts, V) of the electric field on a given object or workspace. The field meter measures a space that is far too wide to examine the connector tip.

In fiber connector cleaning, it is widely accepted that solvent is a crucial part of the cleaning process, yet it is not as widely used in the field as we would have hoped. From the basics physics and electromagnetism, we know that triboelectric charges are generated between materials that come into frictive contact. When the connector comes into contact with the cleaning wipe and is dragged across it, a charge is created. Our experiments were designed to measure the electric field generated on the tip of the connector, specifically the ceramic endface, when the connector undergoes typical handing and cleaning practices.

We also sought to compare the HLC laser termination process with the industry standard termination process (UPC) and see if our laser processing, and the smoother surface that comes from it, has any effect on the amount of charge generated. During the HLC process, the endface is traversed with a CO2 laser, which affects the physical structure of the glass, and the result is a surface that is less porous. The two termination types were tested side by side using the same methods.


The test setup required to measure the tip of the connector was complex in nature and required the support of an expert in electrostatic discharge. We worked with Dave Swenson of Affinity Static Consulting, a globally recognized expert in static control with over 35 years of service with 3M in the design and manufacture of ESD related products.

Dave helped us build a test setup that used a Monroe Electronics model 244 electrostatic volt meter with a 1017E miniature probe, designed for making measurements over small areas. The test setup allowed us to insert a connector through a grounded metal plane, and to position the probe within 3mm of the connector endface. At this distance, the probe measures the voltage across a 2mm x 2mm square area, roughly the size of the connector tip. All tests were done using a SC connector.

Once the connector was pushed through the grounded plane, we simulated some practical events and then measured the charge generated by the actions. Between measurements, we removed the electric field by applying a solvent to the endface and using an ionizing air fan to blow over all of the test surfaces. Once the field was removed, we completed another measurement.

In the initial testing we did with Affinity, we determined that the application of the solvent was crucial to the reduction of the electric field on the connector tip. As the relative humidity approached 100% with the application of the solvent to the endface, the charge of the field approached zero.


Test 1: Dry Wipe – Side A: We started with a 4”x4” dry cleaning wipe from Chemtronics, very common in the industry. These types of wipes typically have two sides: Side A tends to feel a bit rougher to the touch, with side B being very soft. The wipe was backed with a rubber pad, and then dragged across the connector endface for 1 inch. This process was repeated 5 times between each measurement to simulate the process of Dry cleaning.


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Test 2: Dry Wipe – Side B: We followed the same procedure from Test 1, but with the softer Side B.  This side is preferred by technicians in our experience and is said to clean better.


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Test 3: Mating into coupling adapter: In this test we simulated the connector being plugged into an adapter, whether it’s in a panel or connecting to a test cord. Plugging into an adapter is something that occurs with a very high frequency in the field, especially with test cords. This process was repeated 10 times for each measurement.


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25 ea, UPC

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Test 4: Removing the Connector Cap: This test involved removing the cap of the fiber connector and placing it back onto the connector. This was  done 5 times between each measurement.


25 ea, HLC

25 ea, UPC

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Dry cleaning generates a charge on the endface that remains until it is dissipated. What we didn’t expect was the difference between the different sides of the wipes. Side B, the softer of the two, generated nearly 3.5x the charge of Side A. The mating of the connectors also generated a charge, slightly larger than the cleaning. The cap removal was the big surprise – a 7x higher charge than basic cleaning! The HLC connector endface generated less charge on average than the UPC connectors in all of the four measurement categories.


Fiber connector cleaning is the biggest challenge facing test equipment and cable manufacturers in our industry. Dirty connectors lead to higher loss measurements, higher service rates, damaged bulkhead connectors, reduced life of test cords, etc. The build-up of charge on the tip of the connector attracts dirt and makes connectors more difficult to clean, making it a major contributor to reducing connection quality. Most people tend to think of the solvents role in fiber cleaning as a type of cleaning agent, and it can serve that purpose in the event the connector comes into contact with oils, grease, etc. The real reason that solvents ease the connector cleaning process is by removing the electric field and allowing the contaminants that were being electrostatically attracted to the endface to have their bonds broken and be more easily removed.

The data generated shows that through basic fiber handling (cleaning, mating, cap removal), a charge can be generated, and it is cumulative, e.g. more cleaning on the wipe means more accumulated charge. Since these basic tasks work against our ability to clean, it is critical that we use a solvent often to neutralize that charge.

The HLC connector showed itself to be slightly more resistant to charge accumulation. The ~10% difference in charge accumulation is not a huge difference, but is an incremental improvement to the standard connection. It can serve as a small insurance policy against charge accumulation, but is by no means a substitution for proper wet/dry cleaning techniques.

Given that the test cords we build are constantly having their caps removed, being plugged into ports, and being cleaned (hopefully…), wet/dry cleaning is essential to success in fiber installations, and the HLC provides a better performance in high use applications.

About Megladon

A global industry leader in fiber optics and your premier partner for fiber optic connectivity, Megladon has spent over a decade developing fiber optic technology and perfecting the HLC interconnect. Our patented technology and process results in a reference grade interconnect that is reliable, rugged, repeatable and provides maximum performance. With millions of our products deployed worldwide, our fiber optic technology has been proven time and again to solve many of the problems encountered in network deployment and maintenance. We have also been able to use HLC as the foundation piece to develop unique and passive fiber optic solutions for our customers.


How to bring Youth into your Organization – Article by John Chapin

Almost every industry I talk to these days is struggling with bringing youth in. How do you get them interested in your industry? How do you get them to take you seriously? How do you get them to work hard without thinking they’re entitled to everything without actually having to work for it? Here are some answers.

Step 1) Realize there are some great Millennials out there.

The fact that most of the youngest generation in the workforce seems to be entitled, self-centered, has no work ethic, and expect success overnight is first, not as quite as bad as it seems and second, nothing new. Those aspects aren’t generation dependent, they’re age dependent. When I was in my 20s, I was pretty much the same. Let’s face it, at that age most of us don’t have spouses and kids to worry about yet, we tend to think that we know everything, are immune to life’s pitfalls, and that there is plenty of time to have fun now and get serious later. That said, there are career-minded, hard-working millennials who are looking for a long-term, fulfilling career but you’re going to have to be committed to seeking them out, digging deep, and working hard to find them.

Step 2) Talk about what’s important to them and sell the dream.

Ask them what they want and show them how a career, not a job, in your industry will provide what they’re looking for. If you’re the typical person who comes to me about bringing youth into your business, you’ve been in the industry for decades and have had a good degree of success. Let the younger people know that they can follow in your footsteps and enjoy the same success. They too can have nice cars, nice houses, and live an extraordinary lifestyle all while providing for a family now or in the future. Generally speaking, younger salespeople will be more focused on the material rewards and money, as you probably were at their age, so you can put a little more emphasis there, letting them know they’ll be more than prepared to provide for a family down the road too. The most important thing is to let them know that a career in your industry can provide them with everything they need to be successful and fulfilled.

Step 3) Set expectations and prepare them for what’s ahead.

Now that you’ve sold the cars, houses, and luxurious lifestyle, it’s time to talk about the price of success. Let them know this is not a 9-to-5 job and that if they’re going to have it all, there will be sacrifice. Inform them that they’re going to have to pound the pavement, get beat up, and encounter pain and failure before success. Make them aware of the fact that, especially in the beginning of their career, life will be out of balance, weighted heavily toward the work side. Let them know their friends will be out drinking and asking why they’re working so hard and they might think that they’re missing out and that the long hours aren’t worth it, but in the end, they will be. Say, “Five or six years from now your friends will think you’re lucky or were simply in the right place at the right time because your business will be taking off and success will be obvious. You’ll be taking great vacations, buying the nice new house, and driving your family around in the nice new car, and your friends will be toiling away in a job that they most likely hate, without a lot of financial or other rewards. Yes, in the beginning it will be tough, but if you’re willing to work like no one will for the next 5 to 6 years, you’ll live like no one can for the rest of your life. But all of that is going to take determination, hard work, self-discipline, and a commitment that you are absolutely going to make this happen and be successful no matter what. Success or failure is completely in your hands.”

Step 4) Be an organization committed to their success.

Bring them into the right environment and have an effective on-boarding and training program. The right environment is one of professionalism and high standards. It’s a competitive environment in which everyone gets along, supports one another, knows what is expected of them, and gets the job done. You can’t allow negativity or slacking. Establishing good habits is the first step in developing a new salesperson. Do this with a solid training program which may include sending them to outside classes and training. Work with them to develop production goals and daily activity. Help them calculate the numbers and make sure they do what needs to be done. Chart a course for them to follow for personal and professional success.

Ensure your company is progressive, up-to-date, and open to new technology and change. Embrace the unique strengths that millennials bring to the table: energy, new ideas, and experience with technology. Take them seriously, treat them as equals, and value their input and opinions.

Remember, good salespeople are hard to find at any age. Do the work necessary to get the right people on the bus. Let them know what’s in it for them, let them know what you expect in return, and make sure it’s a win-win for all involved.

And now a quick note for younger people reading this…

You are at an age in which it is extremely easy to stand out and get a huge head start. Look for a career, not a job, and take it seriously now. It will pay off tremendously down the road. If you’re going to be successful, you have to pay the price at some point. Pay it now while you still have tons of energy.

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IDEAL Sets Standard for Versatility with New RTQ™ XR™ Xtended Range Coaxial Cable

Installer only needs a single connector type when working with RG-6, RG-6 Quad, RG-6 Plenum and RG-6 Quad Plenum coaxial cables

SYCAMORE, IL, APRIL 27, 2016 — Reaffirming its belief that the standard for performance should always be a higher standard, IDEAL Electrical has introduced a new line of F-connectors that give coaxial cable installers greatly improved versatility, value and dependability.

The company’s new RTQ™ XR™ Xtended Range F compression connectors have been designed to work on virtually all types of RG-6 coaxial cables. This universal design enables the installer to carry just a single connector type when working with multiple cables including RG-6, RG-6 Quad, RG-6 Plenum and RG-6 Quad Plenum. This translates into fewer connectors in the truck and tool bag, as well as less frequent instances of running out of a specific connector while on the job.

Of course, durability is also an essential part of connector design. IDEAL RTQ™ XR™ connectors feature all brass exteriors, a patented compression sleeve, and two inner O-rings to ensure a robust weatherproof connection in just about any indoor or outdoor application from 5MHz to 3GHz. IDEAL strives to help create the most secure installations of CATV, satellite, HDTV and other A/V based applications. For professional results, install RTQ™ XR™ connectors using the IDEAL OmniSeal™ Pro XL or LinearX®3 compression tool. IDEAL RTQ™ XR™ connectors are available in convenient packages of 10, 50, 100 and 1000.


IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. is a global, diversified family business designing and manufacturing superior products and tools for professional tradesmen in the electrical, wire processing, data communications, aerospace, automotive and construction industries. The 99-year old company was founded in 1916 on the premise of forging ideal relationships with customers, employees and communities. The company has consistently grown and expanded under four generations of family ownership.


IDEAL ELECTRICAL is a Division of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. The division is a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of enhanced energy management systems, products and technologies for professional electricians, design engineers and facilities executives.

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Leviton Manufacturing Company Appoints Ian Wilkie to Managing Director of Brand-Rex

Former Brand-Rex commercial director steps up to take top job

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 3, 2016 – Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc. today announced that Ian Wilkie has been appointed to managing director of leading data networking solutions provider, Brand-Rex LTD, effective immediately.

Brand-Rex, who also manufactures a wide range of high performance specialty cables for military, underground and extreme environment applications, is part of Leviton’s Network Solutions group and serves customers in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific markets. Brand-Rex was acquired by Leviton in December 2015.

“We are pleased that Ian Wilkie is driving the future of Brand-Rex,” said Ross Goldman, executive vice president and general manager at Leviton Network Solutions. “With our combined strategy in place, Ian’s appointment enables us to implement our plans quickly and sets the stage for Leviton’s continued growth as a global player.”

Ian Wilkie has been with Brand-Rex for more than 15 years, holding several senior management positions, including his most recent role as commercial director. He has served as a Board member since 2008. Prior to Brand-Rex, Wilkie held several divisional and corporate leadership roles at BICC, including export sales director.

“I am delighted to lead this highly respected business, and I believe my drive, passion and experience will help us achieve even greater success under our new Leviton ownership,” said Wilkie. “Our employees and customers are very excited by the opportunities we have as part of a global organization. Some channel partners have already commented on our renewed focus. I am confident that the scale and breadth of our resources position us to be a true market leader.”

As a result of Brand-Rex joining Leviton, customers can receive worldwide access to a broader range of products and solutions. Global and multi-national customers of both Brand-Rex and Leviton are able to obtain tangible benefits of selecting from both portfolios to meet their network infrastructure requirements.

Martin Hanchard is stepping down as CEO of Brand-Rex but will serve in an advisory capacity until June 30. Goldman added, “We sincerely thank Martin for his leadership in building Brand-Rex to where it is today, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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About Brand-Rex

Brand-Rex is a global operation, designing, developing and manufacturing the most sophisticated, high performance copper and fibre cabling systems for communications and extreme environment applications. Headquartered in Scotland, UK the company is committed to being a trusted market leading provider of best-in-class communications infrastructure solutions. As well as developing products and systems of the highest quality, the company is entirely carbon neutral and offsets all the CO2 created by the manufacture and distribution of its products.

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.


NAED Announces 2016 Trailblazer Award Recipient – Sandy Rosecrans to be honored at the Women in Industry Forum

ST. LOUIS … The National Association of Electrical Distributors today announced City Electric Company, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sandy Rosecrans as the 2016 Women in Industry Trailblazer Award recipient. Rosecrans will be recognized at the Welcome Dinner during the Women in Industry Forum taking place June 20-23 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The award honors Rosecrans for her outstanding and dedicated service to the association, its Women in Industry Forum and the electrical distribution industry at large.

Rosecrans is a 37-year veteran of the electrical distribution industry. She started her career in 1979 when she joined City Electric as vice president of administration. In 1992, she purchased 51% of City Electric and completed the purchase in 1996. Rosecrans has also been an active leader within the industry. Her involvement with NAED includes CAP Council, Government Affairs Committee, Eastern Region Council vice president, NAED Education & Research Foundation Chair, and NAED Chair.

For those interested in attending the Women in Industry Forum, registration is now open. Through the Women in Industry Forum, NAED works to increase the visibility of women serving in the electrical distribution channel. The Forum offers a supportive, mentoring environment for fostering education, personal growth and relationship among women serving the industry.

Visit the Women in Industry Forum event site to register. The early bird registration deadline is May 23, 2016. For more information, contact the NAED Conference Department at (888) 791-2512.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership represents more than 5,100 locations internationally.  


Versatile Twister® LT Wire Connector Can Replace Up to Four Standard Fixed-Spring Connectors

SYCAMORE, IL, APRIL 20, 2016 — Electricians challenged by having to make wiring connections across a wide variety of wire sizes will appreciate the Twister® LT Wire Connector from IDEAL Electrical, now available in bright, easy-to-identify orange.

Exceptionally versatile, the Twister® LT accommodates solid or stranded wire from 2 #22 AWG to 3 #12 AWG. This advantage translates into fewer wire connectors that an electrician must carry in his tool tote or truck, since a single Twister® LT can do the work of up to four different size standard wire connectors plus a yellow wing-style connector. The wide range means the Twister® LT can tackle any project from small gauge thermostat control wires up to larger gauge lighting or receptacle wires. No matter the project, the Twister® LT gets the job done right in the most cost-effective, timesaving way.

“The Twister® LT can handle virtually any standard electrical combination found in residential construction, as well as many light commercial applications,” said Cassie Donnelly, Product Manager for IDEAL Wire Termination. “They deliver the same high performance electricians have come to expect from IDEAL, yet are very versatile, making them perfect for electricians who are doing several different types of wiring jobs throughout the day. Plus, their proven Twister® swept-wing design gives the electrician a comfortable, secure grip with less fatigue, even when they are making hundreds of connections a day.”

Electricians using the IDEAL Twister® LT Wire Connector will know they are making a safe, long-lasting connection whether they are connecting by hand or using an IDEAL Twist-a-Nut™ Screwdriver or SpinTwist™ Connector Tool. The live-action, square-wire spring expands and threads quickly onto conductors without the need for pre-twisting. The contoured swept-wings provide exceptional torque when applying by hand and the hexagonal shaped head allows for installation with a standard 1/4-inch nut driver. The deep skirt helps protect against flash-over.

Although big on features, the Twister® LT offers a lean profile with compact dimensions that helps in installations where box-fill is a concern – such as recessed lighting, dimmers, GFCIs, and new USB-style receptacles.

IDEAL Twister® LT Wire Connectors are UL Listed and CSA Certified to work with solid or stranded copper wire. They are rated to 600V maximum in building wire applications and 1000V maximum in signs and lighting fixtures.


NEW from NECA – Pardon the Disruption – Finding What Works

NECA is launching its newest initiative to prepare our members for the future. NECA Technology – the Project for Applied and Disruptive Technology, will explore the world of technology and keep members informed of what’s happening today, and of what will be launched in the not too distant future.

My name is Dr. Joey Shorter, NECA Director of Research. While I’m no “geek”, I do have an extensive background in education and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas. I will be reviewing research and presenting ideas and examples to help you determine the impact they may bring to your business. So, if you’re interested, please sign-up for my thread “Pardon the Disruption”, and look for other NECA Technology offerings. Your opinions and suggestions are welcomed. I can promise you a fun and sometimes scary ride into the world of disruptive innovation.

Together, we’ll find what works!

Prepare for the Possible

Technology is driving our lives. What once was considered science fiction is being implemented on construction sites today. A five story office building (including wiring) is created by a 3D printer (*Click here for related story). Smart hardhats are being worn that project augmented reality drawings on safety screens.  Workers wear fire retardant safety clothing that also monitors vital statistics, location and personal performance. Self-driving equipment is being utilized to deliver materials around jobsites. Drones equipped with cameras monitor and document worksite progress. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us

Disruptive Technology and Disruptive Innovation have become common terms to describe what is happening.  This Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology, is disrupting traditional ways of doing things.  This Revolution has the potential to fundamentally alter every business and industry – including electrical construction.

Learn more about the first three Industrial Revolutions »

How will your business survive?

Predicting the future and re-shaping one’s business would be one way of taking advantage of these changes. Change can be good, but often, it is very difficult to change. Most of us are immersed in our own business models, unable to step back and imagine the possibilities for our companies and our industries.  We are accustomed to the way things are supposed to be done and reject what might be done.  Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, writes, “Business leaders and senior executives need to understand their changing environment, challenge the assumptions of their operating teams, and relentlessly and continuously innovate.”  As business owners and leaders in the electrical industry we need to be aware of what is happening in the world of technology.  By keeping up with technological innovations and disruptions in other industries we may be able to learn some lessons and ideas for our own. 


**The first three Industrial Revolutions were marked by about 100 years between each (The First: 1784, Steam, water, mechanical production equipment; The Second:  1870, Division of labor, electricity, mass production; The Third:  1969, Electronics, IT, automated production). 

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NEBB Donates $10,000 to ASHRAE Research

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, APRIL 15, 2016 – The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) donated $10,000 to ASHRAE research at the 2016 NEBB Annual Conference, held April 14-16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For 16 years, NEBB has been a member of the ASHRAE Golden Circle, a group of contributors who provide significant financial leadership to ASHRAE at the $10,000 and higher level.

NEBB President Jean-Paul Leblanc presented the donation to James Vallort, ASHRAE Vice President, during the plenary session of the NEBB conference. “We are pleased to continue a tradition that has now raised $160,000 from NEBB toward ASHRAE research,” remarked Leblanc.

Through its research and other initiatives, ASHRAE is recognized as the leading international authority and source of technical and educational information, standards and guides on the interaction between people and the indoor and outdoor environment as it pertains to the operation of HVAC&R systems in buildings and other applications.

“ASHRAE’s current research strategy centers on sustainability and maximizing resources while minimizing the impact on the environment. This goal is very consistent with NEBB’s mission and the work performed by our certified firms and professionals,” said Leblanc. ASHRAE Golden Circle investors contribute more than 10% of the total amount of funds collected for the society’s research initiatives.

NEBB is the premier international association of certified firms, professionals and technicians that perform building enclosure testing, building systems commissioning, building systems retro-commissioning, fume hood testing, sound and vibration measurement, cleanroom certification, and testing, adjusting and balancing of environmental systems. NEBB is a leading source of industry information through its standards, procedures, publications, specifications, text books, study courses and newsletters. Additional information on NEBB is available at



Expansion Links Texas Borders to Major Metros and Attracts Global Carriers to 100G Ring

ATLANTA – May 9, 2016FiberLight, LLC, an industry leader in providing high-performance fiber optic network solutions, today announces continued network expansion in Texas, connecting areas in the Texas valley near the Mexican border to major cities including Houston, San Antonio and Dallas with a dedicated fiber optic, high-performance network ring. FiberLight is the first fiber provider in decades to build along this long-haul route, and this historical network expansion allows service providers to directly connect with customers via a low latency, flexible, fully redundant and diverse fiber network.

“This new route offers enhanced national and international connectivity options while providing another avenue of survivability and continuity for service providers and content providers throughout Texas and beyond,” comments Ron Kormos, FiberLight Chief Strategy Officer. “In addition to serving North American providers, international carriers are now able to access FiberLight’s array of services offered across its network to gain access to other regional hubs throughout the country.”

While FiberLight is pioneering fiber connectivity in Texas, this expanded route is part of a much larger and diverse 12,000-mile, 100G long-haul network. FiberLight now offers a 100G fully redundant ring that allows network traffic to be accessed in over 120 data centers throughout all of the major hubs from Washington, D.C., down to the South coast of Florida, around to Texas and back up through Atlanta and D.C. The diverse 100G backbone network ring provides interconnection between various markets and subsea landing points, and enhances connectivity to hundreds of data centers and thousands of on-net and near-net buildings.

“Demanding U.S. government agencies and industries rely on FiberLight for best-in-class customer service and network reliability and security,” comments Jim Hintze, FiberLight Senior Vice President of Sales. “Our evolving dark fiber reach affords carriers, enterprise and government customers that rely on critical high-bandwidth applications to gain greater access to cloud-based services.”

FiberLight owns and manages over 1.6 million fiber miles in over 44 metro areas across the United States. It also maintains over 17,000 backbone access points, 1,700 on-net locations and presence in over 100 data centers across the country. The FiberLight network within the State of Texas spans over 10,000 miles.

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Development Ensures Higher Quality Support for Optical Networks for Enterprises and Communications Service Providers with Complex Requirements

NORTHBROOK, IL, May 9, 2016  INOC, a 24×7 Network Operations Center (NOC) and global provider of technology infrastructure monitoring, reporting and support services, announces it is launching a new Network Operations Center dedicated to supporting optical network infrastructure.  This dedicated NOC is designed to respond to the growing demand from enterprises and Communications Service Providers (CSPs) that need to satisfy complex and evolving  requirements. The move will enhance INOC’s vast array of tools, processes and procedures to provide optical network support to customers, particularly those with stringent and demanding Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

Optical transport has become the backbone of global network infrastructure and continues to evolve with SDN-based control, solutions for high-speed Data Center Interconnect and the emphasis on security.  The new NOC, dedicated to supporting optical network technologies, provides INOC clients and partners with staff focused on monitoring and managing such networks. These customers rely on high-speed, low latency networks to run their businesses, and momentary outages can adversely affect their business and their customers’ business.  A dedicated optical NOC reduces the Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) by quickly identifying and troubleshooting issues.  It also informs the end-users of the issue and works with multiple third parties, including field support companies, circuit providers and OEMs. The dedicated optical NOC is comprised of networking experts that understand optical network technologies.  INOC’s ISO 27001:2013 certification provides customers with the assurance that INOC’s security methodologies concerning the confidentiality, integrity and availability of customer data, systems and infrastructure have met an internationally recognized standard.

“Given the growth we are experiencing in our optical network business, along with increasingly complex customer requirements, now is the time to respond with more specific expertise,” states Brian Parker, Director of Optical Network Services, INOC.  “Our new dedicated optical NOC is among the first of its kind in the industry and we anticipate it will have a significant and positive impact.”

INOC’s end-to-end optical network services and solutions include needs analysis, planning and design, vendor selection and equipment specification, as well as building, provisioning and ongoing 24×7 network monitoring, and support. INOC engineers are experts in Gigabit Ethernet (GigE), SONET, OCx and ATM.  This capability extends to any protocol — SONET, Ethernet and Fibre Channel — over DWDM, GPON and technologies such as MPLS, PBB and OTN. INOC optical network services support the optical and IP platforms of a variety of equipment manufacturers, including Cisco, Ciena, Juniper, Infinera and ADVA.

INOC combines state-of-the-art software technology, highly resilient and redundant NOC infrastructure, proven processes and expert technical staff to improve uptime, availability and performance of customer networks, applications and servers.  The INOC team is attending International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2016 May 8-11, 2016; to request a meeting with INOC at ITW, please email To learn more about INOC’s Optical Networking Solutions, visit  For more information about INOC, visit INOC.COM.

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About INOC

INOC is an ISO 27001:2013 certified 24×7 NOC and an award-winning global provider of technology infrastructure monitoring, reporting and support services for communication service providers and enterprises.  From a primary NOC in Madison, WI, and a Disaster Recovery NOC near Chicago, IL, INOC’s 24×7 staff provides a hands-on approach to incident resolution.  INOC proactively processes critical technology support issues and delivers timely information to improve the uptime, availability and performance of applications, servers and networks.  A client web portal, NOCVIEW4, provides extensive reporting capabilities and visibility into infrastructure monitoring and support activity in real-time.  INOC cost-effectively integrates 24×7 NOC support into a client’s existing support operation to deliver greater uptime.  For more information on INOC and its services, email or call +1-877-NOC-24X7 (+1-877-662-2497).  You will also find additional information on our website, INOC.COM, or by following INOC on Twitter,LinkedIn and Google+.



Connects to New Jersey Fiber Exchange’s Neutral Cable Landing Station Meet-Me Room In Wall, New Jersey To Extend Access To Ultra-High Bandwidth Services

JERICHO, NY, MAY 9, 2016  Lightpath®, a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today announced that it has established direct international access to its expansive New York metro area fiber network. Through a connection to New Jersey Fiber Exchange’s neutral cable landing station meet-me room in Wall, New Jersey, Lightpath’s enterprise customers can now leverage its ultra-high bandwidth services for connectivity to key international destinations. New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX) is the first Tier 3 carrier-neutral colocation facility that intersects where subsea cables from the United States, South America, Europe and the Caribbean meet.

Lightpath serves enterprises in the world’s largest business market. As its customers increasingly seek the fastest ultra-high speed connectivity to key international hotspots, the new connection established by Lightpath meets this need by bypassing carrier hotels and legacy backhaul solutions.

“As our customers’ businesses expand globally, they want to continue to use the Lightpath service that they know and trust,” said Dave Pistacchio, president, Lightpath. “Following our connection to the NJFX facility, we’re able to expand the universe of customers we can serve, helping them develop secure, reliable and high-speed connectivity to key media and financial destinations throughout the world.”

Lightpath’s 100% fiber New York metro area network spans more than 7,000 lit locations throughout the region. The company serves sectors with the most stringent data delivery requirements, necessitating direct international access for companies that want to maintain the highest levels of connectivity in and out of the region.

“Lightpath’s dominance in the region, close relationship with businesses and ubiquitous network enhance the value we’re able to offer to businesses throughout the globe that need the most direct local access to this market,” said Gil Santaliz, CEO of NJFX. “We look forward to enabling reliable, diverse connectivity options for Lightpath customers in a highly-secure, fortified facility that is as close to the edge as a network operator can get.”

The New Jersey Fiber Exchange 64,800-square-foot facility will go live in September 2016, at which time Lightpath’s services will be available via the new connection.

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About Lightpath

Lightpath, a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York metropolitan area. The Lightpath network is a highly reliable, resilient, and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 5,800 route miles connecting more than 7,000 fiber-lit locations. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world’s largest business market for more than 20 years, Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. This includes a commendation by the New York State Public Service Commission for the last 17 consecutive years for excellence in service and quality. Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership, including being named North American Regional Service Provider of the Year by MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum). For more information, visit

About New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX)

New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX) is a carrier-neutral, highly secure, enterprise-class Tier 3 data center / colocation property focused on providing direct connectivity to international submarine cable systems via private backhaul solutions. The company’s 64,800-square-foot facility is planned to go live in September 2016 and will feature high- and low-density data center solutions with 24/7 tech support, assisting carriers, content providers and enterprises as well as federal and state government entities. NJFX’s low latency colocation data center offerings provide the flexibility, reliability and security that global customers require to drive revenue, reduce expenses and improve service quality. For more information, please  visit


SIGFOX Expanding Internet of Things Network in 100 U.S. Cities To Meet Strong Market Demand

Partnerships with Strategic Site Owners Will Enable Rapid Deployment For Logistics, Smart Cities, Agriculture and other Top IoT Sectors

LABEGE, France, and BOSTON – May 4, 2016 – Responding to strong demand for energy-and-cost efficient Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity in the U.S., SIGFOX, the world’s leading provider of dedicated IoT connectivity, announced today it will expand deployment of its network in 100 cities across the country in 2016.

Currently operating in 18 countries and registering over 7 million devices in its network, SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of a subscription-based low-power, wide-area (LPWA) communications offer for the Internet of Things. Its expansion in Latin America last month, with network deployment underway in Brazil, marked the company’s presence on all continents and another step in its goal of establishing one global, seamless network that provides ubiquitous connectivity for billions of objects.

IDC forecasts that by 2020 North America will have the world’s third-largest installed base of IoT units (7.5 billion) and, correspondingly, the third-largest market for IoT-generated revenue ($1.9 trillion). To achieve rapid network deployment in 100 U.S. cities before year-end and meet the market’s strong demand, SIGFOX has strategically partnered with multiple site owners, including tower, rooftop and billboard sites. Together the partnerships give the company access to more than 230,000 sites across the United States.

Taking advantage of the simple and fast rollout of the network, which requires far lighter infrastructure than traditional wireless networks, SIGFOX will need a limited number of these sites to further extend its network’s footprint in the country.

“The U.S. is a huge growth market for Internet of Things connectivity, especially in smart cities, utilities, shipping and agriculture sectors that require large-scale and cost-effective communication,” said Allen Proithis, president of SIGFOX North America. “Our partnerships with these site owners enables SIGFOX to leverage existing sites to rapidly deploy our out-of-the-box connectivity solution in the U.S. market. SIGFOX’s low-cost Internet of Things connectivity complements cellular networks, and allows billions of additional devices to participate in the benefits of IoT.”


SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of dedicated connectivity for the Internet of Things. The company’s network complements existing high-bandwidth systems by providing simple, economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices. Currently deployed or being rolled out in 18 countries and registering over 7 million devices in its network, SIGFOX is today the only commercially available IoT-dedicated connectivity solution that guarantees a high level of service and reliability on an international scale. Corporate headquarters are in France, and the company has offices in Boston, San Francisco, Madrid, Munich, Dubai and Singapore.

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Summit to
explore latest 5G developments

Leaders in wireless, automotive, healthcare, academia and government will gather at the third annual Brooklyn 5G Summit this week to explore and showcase the latest developments and research aimed at making 5G a commercial reality in telecommunications, machine-to-machine  communication, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The invitation-only summit, at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, is jointly organized by NYU Wireless and Nokia, and will be live streamed by the IEEE Communications Society.

The event features leaders from companies including Nokia, Verizon, DoCoMo, Intel, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, and Vodafone, as well as the Federal Communications Commission and the Scripps Clinic and Research Institute.

“This is a watershed moment for 5G wireless,” said Theodore Rappaport, founder and director of NYU WIRELESS. “We are in the midst of a dramatic increase not only in the sheer number of mobile smart devices, wearables, and machine-to-machine connections, but also in sheer volume of the data traffic these and other IoT devices are generating.

“With multi-gigabit-per-second mobile communications nearing reality, this is an exciting time for the wireless industry, and we are pleased to play a major role as a convener and producer of basic knowledge to bring wireless into its Renaissance over the next several years.”

A new report by Bell Labs Consulting, a division of Nokia Bell Labs research, estimates that by 2020 global consumption demand for digital content and services on mobile and portable devices will increase an average of 30 to 45 times from 2014 levels — with some markets experiencing as much as a 98-fold jump. Audio and video streaming traffic will account for 79% of the traffic increase.

“The 5G era architecture  will be the fabric that opens up a whole new set of human possibilities,”said Volker Ziegler, head of 5G leadership and chief
architect for Nokia.

“Technology innovations have made it possible to do 5G earlier than most thought, with operators moving to pre-standard implementation to start developing and trialing 5G business models before the commercial availability of the full 5G standard.

“Early 5G services will be rolled out in 2017, with full 5G commercial services coming in 2020 that will transform and automate how we live in the digital world.”

Technical challenges to creating efficient 5G networks and innovations in cell networks and mmWave technology will be key topics at the Brooklyn 5G Summit.


Industry Leaders to be Honored at NAED National Meeting

Dick Waterman will receive the Hooper Award

St. Louis, Mo. The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) 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 presented during the 2016 NAED National Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 13.

Dick Waterman, retired CEO of Rexel USA, is the recipient of the NAED’s highest honor, the 2016 Arthur W. Hooper Achievement Award. This honor is presented to an individual who has led an exceptional career in electrical distribution spanning many years. Waterman has been a long-time leader within the electrical distribution industry through his involvement with NAED. He has served in numerous roles including on the Western Region Council and NAED Board Chair.

John Spoor, president of State Electric Supply, is the recipient of the 2016 NAED Distributor Distinguished Service Award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service to NAED and the electrical distribution industry. Spoor is a veteran volunteer for NAED and has participated on numerous NAED committees and councils including serving as a founding member of the Channel Advantage Partnership (CAP) Council.

Denise Keating is the president of DATAgility and recipient of the 2016 NAED Associate Service Award. The Associate Service Award is given to an individual at a manufacturing firm who has consistently promoted and supported the tenets and goals of the NAED. Keating has more than 25 years of experience in the distribution channel and has been an active participant in NAED’s Women in Industry Forum and Congressional Fly-in.

Omni Cable will receive the 2016 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. Omni Cable is receiving this award for its dedication and commitment to both the NAED and the industry.

Van Meter and Littelfuse were recognized for their employee training efforts with the Excellence in Training Awards. This award is presented to both a distributor and a manufacturer that has been exceptionally active in the area of training and development to improve the electrical distribution channel.

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 more than 5,100 locations internationally.



FOA Publishes Two New Fiber Optic Textbooks – Guides to Fiber Optic Network Design And Outside Plant Construction

The FOA, the international nonprofit professional society of fiber optics, has published two new textbooks for use as reference guides to fiber optics and textbooks for training and certification. The two books cover fiber optic network design and outside plant construction.

The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optic Network Design by FOA President Jim Hayes focuses on the concepts of designing a fiber optic network and how the entire process must be planned from idea through installation, operation and documentation. This book is aimed at network designers, contractors, supervisors as well as management personnel responsible for communications and IT departments, construction and facilities management. Anyone whose responsibilities include communications systems will benefit from the information in this book. It is also the textbook used for the FOA CFOS/D Fiber Optic Design Certification.

220 pages

ISBN-10: 153088635X

ISBN-13: 9781530886357

$24.95 paperback, $9.95 Kindle

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The FOA Outside Plant Fiber Optic Construction Guide by Joe Botha of Triple Play Fibre Optic Solutions of South Africa, is a detailed guide to the construction involved in the installation of outside plant (OSP) fiber optic cable plants. Included are aerial and underground construction techniques, safety procedures, permitting processes and many other details involved in the construction of fiber optic cable plants. This book was created by Joe Botha, FOA Master Instructor, for use in a OSP construction course for OSP techs that precedes the usual FOA fiber optic courses which include splicing, termination and testing.

The FOA Outside Plant Fiber Optic Construction Guide by Joe Botha

ISBN-13: 9781523925827

ISBN-10: 1523925825

64 Pages

$14.95 paperback, $7.95 Kindle

Available direct from the FOA eStore or, local booksellers and other distributors

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The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is the international nonprofit professional society of fiber optics chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Since it’s founding in 1995, the FOA has certified over 68,000 techs directly and through a network of over 200 approved schools in more than 40 countries. The FOA provides technical information and online training free to the industry to promote the proper application of fiber optics and premises cabling. For more information on the FOA, see the organization’s website and online training site