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From telecom to ITS

That BICSI is undergoing a major transformation will be obvious to all at the upcoming four-day conference in Ottawa.

September 1, 2004  

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This year BICSI is celebrating 30 years of service to the telecommunications industry.

What began in 1974 with nine building industry consultants (BICs) from various phone companies across the United States and Canada has evolved into an international association with nearly 25,000 members and installers/technicians in more than 100 countries around the world.

BICSI began 2004 by celebrating the past and planning for a future of continued leadership. In his inaugural address at the BICSI Winter Conference last January, incoming President Russell Oliver recognized that our traditional telecommunications base is expanding.

In fact, BICSI has recently moved its official focus from telecommunications to information transport systems or ITS.

Why did this happen? Many of us have seen and experienced first hand that our industry has changed.

Technologies and systems that used to be supported by many different groups and specialists have now converged and are supported by a common infrastructure of structured wiring, fiber optical backbones, or wireless distribution.

Terms previously used to describe these systems usually employed the word “telecommunications,” to describe either the workers or what was carried on the system.

Moving information

But the use of the word “telecommunications” was limiting as other specialists such as those in security, audiovisual, etc., tended to infer only telephony or voice communications.

The term ITS for information transport systems was developed to describe our function more accurately, which is to move information from one point to another.

The ITS industry establishes the foundation for modern day information transportation as it relates to the design, integration, and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber and copper based distribution systems, wireless based systems and all related infrastructure that support the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications devices and information gathering devices.

BICSI continues to lead the ITS industry with its publications, education, and knowledge assessment. Recent innovations include:

The RCDD/Wireless Design Specialty, the Wireless Design Reference Manual (WDRM), and wireless courses. The first exam will be held Jan. 24, at the BICSI Winter Conference. The exam will be based on the contents of BICSI’s new WDRM, which was published this summer.

For those needing extra training, three new BICSI wireless design courses will make their debut early next year: WD100: Introduction to Wireless; WD110: Designing Wireless Networks; and WD200: Wireless Design Specialty Review.

BICSI Canada Conference

To be held from Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa, it is designed to provide delegates with up-to-date ITS industry information they can use immediately while on the job.

Conference speakers represent various aspects of our industry and are chosen for their subject matter expertise and presentation skills. The event is designed for ITS professionals from around the globe, ranging from practitioners and consultants to end users.

BICSI will introduce a different, varied presentation schedule with a mixture of the traditional general assembly sessions as well as an array of two and three- hour workshops.

In addition to the presentations, the conference offers many opportunities to network with your peers. Plus you will view state-of-the-art products and services at daily exhibits held during continental breakfast, lunch, and evening receptions.

Several pre- and post-conference seminars and classes are also being offered.

The conference satisfies the attendance requirements for the RCDD renewal. Be sure to provide your member number on the registration form for ease in tracking hours earned.

The following continuing education credits (CECs) will be awarded: RCDD-15 CECs; RCDD/NTS(LAN) Specialty-10 CECs; RCDD/OSP Specialty-10 CECs; ITS Installer 2, ITS Technician, and ITS Residential Installer-6 CECs.

For more information or to register, call BICSI toll free at 800-242-7405 or visit

A special Codes Committee meeting will be held on Oct. 30 from 5-8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to discuss the possibility of creating a Canadian version of BICSI’s Telecommunications Quick Reference Guide for Code Officials.

Anyone interested in working on this publication is invited to attend. For more information contact William Graham ( or myself.

Roman Dabrowski, RCDD, is the Canadian Director of BICSI and a sales consultant with Bell Nexxia. He can be reached via e-mail at

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