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Every major manufacturer has had one or more control panel products meet CP-01 standard but there was resistance to using the standard because of the former swinger shut-down parameters and communication delay. Now, this removes some of the obstacles and may result in even more panels becoming CP-O1 compliant.

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BICSI, the organization focused on the information transport systems industry, held its Winter Conference & Exhibition in January in a smaller venue at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., but the more compact exhibit space and show venue didn’t seem to bridle any enthusiasm attendees had for the show.

By the second day, the parking lot was completely full for exhibit hours, which continue to be held during the evenings so attendees can gain continuing education credits to maintain their certification status. And even though the show was downsized in its exhibit area and venue for the second year in a row (it’s previously been held in the larger Gaylord Palms Resort) the conference was hopping and the aisles crowded as attendees glimpsed new products and solutions—many tied of course to the continued move to systems and services on the network, as well as IP-centric solutions. In the daytime educational and certification sessions as well, rooms were crowded with folks eager to learn about new products and technologies which may result in a business edge. Overall, it seemed to be one of the most exciting and dynamic trade shows in recent times.

The final statistics from the show attested to its popularity. Some 4,666 attendees were recorded, 83 first-time participants scoped out what the show had to offer.

Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDD), the lifeblood of BICSI, and other credentialed technicians and network specialists use the show to earn the continuing education credits required to maintain their certification. Since 2000, BICSI has introduced three Specialist design credentials: Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) Specialist; Outside Plant (OSP) Specialist; and Wireless Design (WD) Specialist in addition to its RCDD credentials. It also has an ITS or Information Transport System (ITS) Cabling Installation Program. The show included the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, where installers wired systems to their heart’s desires and competed for prizes—all on the show floor!

After completing several events—including structured cabling; copper cable terminations; fiber termination; cable assembly; cable troubleshooting; technical support; professionalism; and a written competency exam—winners of each level were named during BICSI’s Annual Awards Banquet.

The overall winner with the highest score of the competition was named the Installer of the Year. Jessie Spearman, ITS Technician, Vision Technologies received top accolades as installer of the year and $5,000--for the third year in a row.

Quick takeaways from the show: the move to IP cameras has gained the interest of BICSI members, who are increasingly interested in what else they can put on the network besides the infrastructure itself to increase their company’s productivity. Instead of convergence, manufacturers were focusing on the term ‘coexistence,’ allowing current analog products and services to reside on the network while adding IP as the user wants to grow into the technology. This is also palatable to users, who now in the third year of a recession don’t want to have to throw out what they have to get the more modern solutions they want. They simply don’t have the money to do it right now.

CAA Winter Convention a ‘Wrap’

More than 300 industry leaders attended the 2009 CAA Winter Convention at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. California Attorney General Jerry Brown gave the welcoming address to attendees. George DeMarco received the George A. Weinstock Award.

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