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BICSI UNVEILS NEW MERCHANDISE LINE
This news has been published 05 Sep 2007 Next newsTop of the list

BICSI releases new, expanded BICSI Gear clothing line at upcoming conference and at BICSIGear.org





Tampa, Fla., September 5, 2007— BICSI announces the debut of its new line of clothing, accessories and products under the BICSI Gear collection. The apparel choices include an expanded range of men’s and women’s high-quality polos, sweaters, dress shirts, t-shirts and outerwear from top manufacturers in a variety of color selections.



BICSI Gear will have a first showing at the BICSI Store during the upcoming 2007 BICSI Fall Conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, September 10-13. BICSI Gear product representatives will be on site to provide conference attendees with an unprecedented customer service experience.



The BICSIGear.org Web site officially debuts this month with a rich set of content including a featured product of the day section, new shopping cart functions and a product search feature. In addition, a new BICSI Gear Account function provides customers with a faster checkout process, quick access to order history, and the option to sign up for e-mail updates on new product promotions.



The BICSI Gear line also features a larger assortment of unique accessories and tools to support information transport systems (ITS) professionals whether they are in the office, on the road or enjoying leisure time. “Our credential holders are always looking for new ways to show off their BICSI credentials,” said David C. Cranmer, RCDD, BICSI Executive Director. “We are pleased to bring quality, comfort and style to our members through the BICSI Gear clothing and accessories line.”



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BICSI is a professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies. BICSI serves 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.



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



Contact: Tom Damico, BICSI Headquarters, tdamico@bicsi.org, 813.979.1991 Maarja Kolberg, BICSI Headquarters, mkolberg@bicsi.org, 813.979.1991


Avaya Wires World War II Battleship USS Missouri With 21st Century Technology
This news has been published 15 Dec 2007 Next newsTop of the list

Thursday May 24 10:57am
Source: PR Newswire

High-Speed Cabling Solutions Will be Backbone of High-Tech Memorial

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and HONOLULU, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Avaya Inc. (NYSE: AV), a global leader in corporate networking solutions and services, today announced that it has provided some 180,000 feet -- nearly 35 miles -- of high-speed LAN (local area network) cable to the USS Missouri battleship for one of the most ambitious technology modernization projects ever made for a World War II battleship. Avaya's cables for the renowned ship, now a museum berthed in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, will soon enable applications such as Internet-based distance learning classes to any location in the world, virtual video tours and digital information kiosks.


Immediately following Memorial Day 2001 celebrations, installation of Avaya's SYSTIMAX(R) cabling solutions will begin throughout the battleship. The USS Missouri first captured worldwide attention on September 2, 1945 when representatives of 10 nations, including U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, assembled on her deck in Tokyo Bay, Japan, to receive the surrender documents from Japanese officials that brought World War II to an end.

"Avaya is pleased to be a part of the efforts to help modernize this historic battleship so that we can help honor those who served our country and help create a better understanding of conflict and its impact on society," said Stephan Clark, vice president and general manager, Avaya Connectivity Solutions, who added that a significant part of Avaya's employee body is made up of veterans.

On hand for the delivery of the cable was one of Avaya's veterans, James Mocadlo, a technician in Canton, Mich. Mocadlo was based in Pearl Harbor when he served from 1988 - 1992 in the U.S. Marines during the Persian Gulf War.

The Missouri has a long history of service to the country. In addition to World War II, she served in Korea and in the Gulf War. After her final Navy decommissioning at the close of her service in the Gulf War, the USS Missouri was brought to Pearl Harbor in 1998 to be moored 1,000 feet away from the USS Arizona, whose sinking marked the entry of the United States into World War II. The twin memorials, symbolizing the beginning of the war and its conclusion, represent "the bookends of World War II."

"There is arguably no other event in history that claimed as much destruction as World War II," said Lee Collins, director of Visitor Operations for the Battleship Missouri Memorial Association and the project manager for the restoration program. "Missouri is where it ended. Her story talks about courage, honor, duty, commitment, sacrifice, and triumph. It's vital that everyone gets to hear her story so that today's generation understands what it takes to protect freedom."

With some 400,000 visitors per year, the "Mighty Mo" is one of the most popular battleship attractions in the world. The ship is operated by a private, nonprofit organization, the USS Missouri Memorial Association, and is not supported with government funding. According to Collins, besides infrastructure and equipment provided by various sources and companies like Avaya, the Missouri's revival efforts will require the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. More information about the USS Missouri can be viewed at http://www.ussmissouri.com or by calling (808) 455-1600.

Foundation for On- and Offsite History Lesson

According to Collins, the massive refit involving Avaya's cable and connecting hardware, among other technology installations, promises to be dramatic for the Missouri as it moves into the high speed data age from an era in which UHF (ultra high frequency)/HF (high frequency) radios and Morse code were the reigning technologies, according to Collins. The new technology will bring faster delivery of information, education and remembrance to visitors both on- and off-site as the cable allows video and Internet applications.

The Avaya cabling solution will link nearly 200 video cameras to the ship's on-board visitor control center, allowing complete real-time operational facility control of sound, kiosk, cameras, LANs and security systems. The high-speed wiring will allow mobility impaired visitors the chance to "tour" the ship via access to cameras that feed pictures into a new Alternative Visitor Center (AVC). Without having to leave the center, visitors can even continue to follow friends throughout the ship while they take a tour.

Visitors to the ship will have access to some 30 information kiosks that will tell them what part of the ship they are in and how it was utilized. The information kiosks also will be stationed in the AVC and the planned museum facilities to allow visitors access to a one-of-a-kind video library of interviews with service veterans, shore bombardments, and other battle scenes. When all is completed, the information data base and video library will also be linked to the USS Missouri website and other media for on-line tours.

Avaya's Cabling

Clark said that Avaya's 1071 SYSTIMAX(R) GigaSPEED(R) cabling will be snaked through virtually every compartment in the battleship. Nearly every foot of it, which amounts to some 35 miles, will be carefully concealed to preserve the original character and appearance of the veteran warship, whose service spans some 50 years. Engineered to transfer data at speeds of more than a gigabit per second, the Avaya cabling solution will integrate the entire ship's security, administration and information systems that were mostly donated by several other companies. Graybar, an Avaya cable distributor that is engaged in international wholesale distribution of communications and electrical equipment and has local facilities in Honolulu, helped Avaya in its efforts. Graybar received and delivered the nearly three tons of cable and apparatus sent to its offices in Hawaii from Avaya's Omaha, Neb. factory. Graybar also supplied from its stock the balance of material required to support the installation.

Because installing miles of cabling in an aging 887-foot ship is a job no one wants to do twice, Clark said that Avaya provided its high speed cable not only for its high reliability and performance, but also to help provide compatibility with future technologies so new applications can be added without the need for later recabling.

Avaya, headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., is a leading global provider of communications solutions and services that help businesses, government agencies and other institutions -- including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500 -- excel in the customer economy. Avaya offers Customer Relationship Management Solutions, Unified Communication Solutions, Hosted Solutions, MultiService Infrastructure, and Converged Voice and Data Networks -- including the company's no-compromise Enterprise Class IP Solutions (ECLIPS) -- all supported by Avaya Services and Avaya Labs. Avaya is the worldwide leader in unified messaging, messaging systems call centers and structured cabling systems. It is the U.S. leader in voice communications systems. For more information about Avaya, visit its Web site at http://www.avaya.com.


ANIXTER SELLS LEVELS XP CABLING TESTING PROGRAM TO UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES
This news has been published 15 Dec 2007 Next newsTop of the list

SKOKIE, IL (March 5, 2003) -- Anixter Inc., the world’s leading distributor of communications products, announced that it has sold the rights and intellectual property associated with its testing and certification process for Levels XP channels to Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The only specification of its kind—Levels XP (Expanded Performance) measures network cable performance on live data and certifies the capability of a cabling system to minimize bit errors. It is the most accurate measurement of data throughput and enterprise network bandwidth and will now be available exclusively through UL, the recognized leader in conformity assessment services.

Under the terms of the sale, UL will now perform all Levels XP channel testing and certification for existing Levels XP partners and new clients at its state-of-the-art XP lab in UL’s Melville, NY facility. Anixter will continue to market and support Levels XP as the cornerstone of its marketing strategy.

The Levels XP channel-testing effort emerged as an outgrowth of Anixter’s Levels program. Initiated in 1988, the Levels program was created as a means of evaluating, categorizing and establishing standards of performance for cable and cabling systems used within an enterprise network. It is the very basis upon which the industry’s Category system (Cat5, Cat5e, etc.) is founded and standards of performance are based.

“The very fact that UL purchased our Levels XP channel and certification process, validates our procedures and the importance of throughput and bandwidth verification,” stated Frank Coletto, senior vice president of marketing for Anixter. “This is a real win-win for UL, Anixter and our customers. It allows UL, the world leader in independent testing, to do exactly what it does best—namely, superior testing and certification. It allows us the ability to continue to devote our energies toward providing the best solutions, support and service to our customer base. And it gives our customers the peace of mind in knowing that the cabling systems they get from us will perform exactly as they expect.”

“We are pleased to take over the reins of the Levels XP testing and certification program from Anixter,” commented Steve Galan, wire and cable manager for Underwriters Laboratories. “This reinforces UL’s commitment to providing premium testing solutions for the wire and cable industry and expands our service capabilities even further for our clients.”

Anixter will maintain its Levels Lab facility, according to Pete Lockhart, the company’s vice president of technology. “We will continue to perform component testing in our lab and random testing of our inventory stock,” Lockhart pointed out. “It’s a commitment to our customers and a commitment to quality that we intend to keep. Our mission will continue to focus on new and better ways to serve our valued customers.”

About Anixter
Anixter International is a leading distributor of communication products and a leading distributor of fasteners and other "C" Class inventory components to Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company adds value to the distribution process through its valued added services and logistics programs and by providing its customers access to 1) more than 185,000 products and approximately $500 million in inventory, 2) 125 warehouses with more than 4.4 million square feet of space, and 3) locations in 193 cities in 40 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE. Additional information about Anixter is available on the Internet at www.anixter.com.

About Anixter Levels Lab
The Anixter Levels Lab, located in Mt. Prospect, IL, analyzes manufacturing quality and performance levels of network cabling and components, such as patch cords, NIC cards and switches. Anixter's Levels Lab contains miles of copper and fiber optic cable, hundreds of different connectors, patch panel ports and patch cords. The equipment allows Anixter to simulate many data cabling systems. Through this recreation and simulation of key network parameters, the Levels Lab can analyze performance expectations, detect problems and find real-world solutions to them.
About Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
UL® is the world's leading product safety and certification organization with more than 16 billion UL® markings applied to more than 17,000 types of products each year. UL® is also the leading independent auditor of laboratory and laboratory processes and procedures. Moreover, in the telecommunications industry, UL® certifies the vast majority of products to the industry's standards.

TIA Publishes New Administration Standard
This news has been published 15 Dec 2007 Next newsTop of the list

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Subcommittee TR-42.6, Telecommunications Infrastructure and Equipment Administration, recently published ANSI/TIA/EIA-606-A, "Administration Standard for Commercial Telecommunications Infrastructure." This standard is a complete re-write of TIA/EIA-606 (1993 edition) and provides significant enhancements. This standard:


a) Establishes “classes” of administration to address the different needs of small, medium, large and very large telecommunications infrastructure systems;

b) Accommodates the scalable needs of telecommunications infrastructure systems;

c) Allows modular implementation of different parts of this standard;

d) Specifies identification formatting to accommodate the exchange of information among design drawings, test instruments, administration software and other documents or tools that may be used throughout the lifecycle of the cabling infrastructure;

e) Specifies labeling formats; and

f) Harmonizes definitions across all premises telecommunications infrastructure standards.

The new standard can be ordered from Global Engineering Documents at http://global.ihs.com .

The TR-42.6 subcommittee is also beginning new work to review and update existing telecommunication symbols and establish new symbols as required for use on construction documents, record copy drawings and in other graphical documentation systems (i.e. cable management software applications). Interested parties are invited to make contributions to the subcommittee for consideration.

SmartDraw.com Releases SmartDraw 4.2
This news has been published 15 Dec 2007 Next newsTop of the list

SmartDraw.com (Draw Anything Easily(tm)) announces the release of SmartDraw 4.2, the latest upgrade to the company's try-before-you-buy software for business and technical drawing. SmartDraw version 4 owners can download a free patch to version 4.2 from the SmartDraw web site at this page: http://www.smartdraw.com/techsup.htm New features and improvements in SmartDraw 4.2 include:
- Many new symbol-libraries and templates for drawing flowcharts, organizational charts, timelines, Gantt charts, entity relationship diagrams, genealogy diagrams and more.
- Simple conversion from English to other languages.
- Improved line-linking, improved printing, support for larger symbols, and many other ease-of-use improvements.
SmartDraw is also proud to announce The SmartDraw NetDrawing Collection, which made its debut in July 1999. This special add-on library collection includes over 1300 images for drawing computer and communications networks. Users can download the NetDrawing Collection from the SmartDraw web site for a FREE evaluation by visiting this page: http://www.smartdraw.com/netdrawing/index.htm
About SmartDraw.com
SmartDraw.com is fast becoming the leading supplier of affordable business diagramming and technical drawing software, with more than three million copies downloaded worldwide. The San Diego-based company shipped the first version of SmartDraw in 1994, and regularly releases improved versions and special add-on libraries to help SmartDraw users Draw Anything Easily(tm). SmartDraw products are available in English and other languages and are sold worldwide. A fully functional 30-day trial version can be downloaded from the SmartDraw web site at http://www.smartdraw.com
SmartDraw.Com Corporate Information
Company Name: SmartDraw.Com
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Web site: http://www.smartdraw.com
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