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During the Fall Conference, the BICSI Board of Directors formalized an agreement with the Commission de la construction du Qubec (CCQ) to create French language translations of BICSI's structured c...


November 1, 2001  


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During the Fall Conference, the BICSI Board of Directors formalized an agreement with the Commission de la construction du Qubec (CCQ) to create French language translations of BICSI’s structured cabling installation manuals. The CCQ, with support from the Fonds de formation des travailleurs de l’industrie de la construction, will translate the 3rd edition of the Telecommunications Cabling Installation Manual and the Residential Network Cabling Manual. The translated material will become a part of the formal training provided by CCQ, and will give construction workers in Qubec access to the newest technology, standards and installation practices in the low-voltage industry.

BICSI Cares, the charitable arm of the organization, raised US$20,000 for Camp Challenge. The New Orleans-based organization provides a week-long camping experience for childhood cancer patients, survivors and their siblings.

Universal Electrical Corporation of Pittsburgh, PA introduced a new monitoring system at the show. The Starline Track Busway Monitoring System measures the ampere load on a given run of busway or in a single plug-in unit, and prevents the overloading that can cause the overcurrent device to trip and result in a power outage.

Ortronics of New London, CT was on hand at the show to introduce Clarity, its Category 6 connectivity technology. A channel standards compliant line, Clarity includes new modular 110 jacks, patch panels and patch cords, and 110 blocks and cords.

The Clear Edge of Berkeley Heights, NJ, took the opportunity to introduce its new Web-based cable infrastructure management and change management system at the conference. The Clear Edge system enables corporate network managers, designers and other IT professionals to track network infrastructure moves, adds and changes (MACs) within a building, campus or enterprise.

Fluke Networks and Microtest Inc. held a luncheon meeting to discuss the finer points of the recent merger in which Fluke acquired Microtest for approximately US$74 million. Executives said Fluke plans to invest in both companies’ product lines — notably Fluke’s DSP-4000 CableAnalyzer series and Microtest’s OMNIScanner line — although they include competitive products. Fluke also said that with its recent acquisition of Fotec, it will be enhancing and expanding its footprint in the fiber market. In addition, the company announced plans to further expanding into the electrical and residential markets.


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