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'Smart site' a wise bet for visitors

May 1, 2000  

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If you are overwhelmed by the volume of electrical-related information on the Internet and are looking for a simple way to wade through it, is a good bet.

The self-proclaimed “Internet Smart Site” declares it does much more than “connect visitors with the industry’s leading vendors.” Instead, it does all the work for you by bringing together and organizing an abundance of information resources for manufacturers, distributors, contractors and other industry professionals.

Site orgainizers say it works by anticipating the information and services you need, and then arranging it into logical, easy-to-access sections. A powerful database and search engine also provides interaction between content providers and site visitors.

“There’s an amazing amount of valuable industry information on the Internet — if you know where to find it,” says Keith Peck, president of “We established to allow industry professionals to benefit from the best electrical resources through one easy-to-use site.”

Helpful Tools

Various tools help you filter the site’s knowledge base to suit your own interests. For instance, when you use the “Electronic Update” feature, content reviewers will comb through all things electrical and alert you via email to the products, services and information you are interested in.

You can also search for meetings and training sessions by organization, region, or type. The “Remind Me” feature allows you to automatically receive a reminder prior to selected events.

The site also lets manufacturers, distributors, advertising agencies and others develop their own “Service Centre.” This feature lets you find new products, request literature and conduct e-commerce.

Other Notables

Other areas include a searchable Buyer’s Guide, Industry Directory, Events Calendar, Publications and Organizations Directory and a Research Library. The bonus here is that the site is not U.S.-centric — it includes events, publications and items of note in Canada and other countries.

It also features a Products Database (which includes both a wire and cable, and a fiber section). Manufacturers can submit their products to

Site organizers say hundreds of industry professionals were surveyed when creating this site. And, they say they are looking to the industry for ideas and suggestions to help it evolve further.

Be sure to have a look and put in your own two cents.CS

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