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Attendance up for BICSI in Baltimore

Any doubt that the long and prolonged slump in the structured cabling and networking industries has finally diminished were put to rest in May with the successful staging of the BICSI Spring Conference in Baltimore.


May 1, 2004  


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Any doubt that the long and prolonged slump in the structured cabling and networking industries has finally diminished were put to rest in May with the successful staging of the BICSI Spring Conference in Baltimore.

Not only was attendance up from last year’s conference in Denver, but there were several major product announcements from companies ranging from Sumitomo Electric Lightwave and Corning Cable Systems to Fluke Electronics.

In terms of numbers, there were 1,645 registered delegates, 134 exhibitors, and an additional 991 people who registered for the exhibit hall only.

“We’re starting to see real bounce back in conference attendance, as well as overall energy, enthusiasm, and optimism growing in the industry,” said BICSI marketing manager Brian Sadofsky.

Fluke introduced its new DTX CableAnalyzer Series, which feature 12-second Cat 6 AutoTest time, 900 Mhz of testing bandwidth, 12-hour battery life and troubleshooting diagnostics.

When a link fails, DTX pinpoints the location of the failure and suggests corrective action so a technician can solve the problem quickly without consulting a project manager.

Corning released its UniCam LC Senior Connector line, which can be installed into LC transceivers. They can be installed on 900-micron tight-buffered fiber and also provides jacket retention when installed on 1.6 mm, 2.0 mm or 2.9 mm jacketed cables.

Sumitomo, meanwhile, an- nounced laser optimized 10 GIgabit 50/125 micron multimode fiber bundles to its FutureFlex Air-blown fiber product line. The new fiber supports 10 Gigabit transmissions at a distance up to 500 metres.


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