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BICSI Spring Conference

Whether they come for the education -- or the chance to challenge the one-armed bandits -- Las Vegas seems to be a favourite conference spot for cabling and telecom professionals.Approximately 2900 at...

July 1, 2001  

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Whether they come for the education — or the chance to challenge the one-armed bandits — Las Vegas seems to be a favourite conference spot for cabling and telecom professionals.

Approximately 2900 attendees (with a strong showing of 120 Canadians) headed to the desert for the BICSI spring conference, held May 7-10 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada — a whopping increase over the 1700 attendees at last year’s spring event.

Greg Porter, Region 5 (Canada) Director for BICSI said the organization was bolstered by the high numbers. “We were expecting to see a decline in numbers for economical reasons at this show, but we are glad to see that we did not experience it,” he noted.

The annual event, which combines a conference program of technical presentations and a trade exhibit, focused this year on the theme: “Optimizing Network Performance”.

“The only conversation I ever have any more is about bandwidth,” said keynote speaker Rick Barrera, author and management consultant, who spoke at the conference about ‘meeting the need for speed’. “It’s all anyone ever talks about. And you are at the epicentre of this issue,” he told attendees.

Barrera spoke about the future and how to prepare for it — more specifically, “what must happen in your organization to ensure you are moving fast forward into the 21st century.”

“You don’t have to worry about your kids, they’re prepared. You don’t have to worry about your parents, they’re retired. It’s you who are in trouble,” he noted. He said that times are changing rapidly, and that in order to survive, our internal rate of change in our businesses and in ourselves must exceed the external rate of change.

This “optimizing performance” theme also ran through the conference program, with seminars on fiber optic technologies and standards, wireless technologies, LAN testing, and trends in cabling systems.

In addition to the seminars, approximately 165 exhibitors were on hand to showcase their wares on the show floor. (Please see sidebar entitled “Newsmakers”).

The 2002 spring conference will be held at the same venue in Las Vegas from May 6-9, 2002.


A host of new products, services and events made news during the BICSI Spring conference in Las Vegas. Here’s a look…

BICSI Cares, Inc., the charitable arm of the organization, raised $30,000 for local charity Classroom on Wheels (COW), a free, bilingual mobile preschool and drug prevention program for at-risk school children.

Thirty-six attendees passed the RCDD exam at the conference (out of 88 who sat for the exam), while 15 people (out of 34) passed the RCDD/LAN Specialist exam.

Helix/HiTemp Cables and Chromatic Technologies, subsidiaries of Draka USA and Molex Premise Networks, announced their strategic technology alliance, Draka Molex Cabling Systems. The companies’ new system solution will offer end-to-end fiber and copper cabling systems for datacom applications.

DataTel of Riverdale, NJ announced its LWR series of wall mount enclosure systems at the show. The six-model line is designed for low visibility industrial environments.

Dek, a division of Tyco Electronics, Inc., St. Charles, IL, debuted new additions to its existing range of cable management panels, including a new dual-sided horizontal management panel for cable routing.

Superior TeleCom Inc. of Atlanta, GA announced its new TeraGain XT fiber optic cable product line for LAN applications. The 62.5-micron line is engineered to provide bandwidth of 250 MHz/km at the 850 nm wavelength and 1200 MHz/km at the 1300 nm wavelength.

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