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News Briefs (November 01, 2000)

CST DEVELOPS NEW TECHNOLOGYCST Coldswitch Technologies Inc., Richmond, BC has announced the development of a fiber optic switching and sensing technology that uses light in optical fibers to control e...

November 1, 2000  

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CST Coldswitch Technologies Inc., Richmond, BC has announced the development of a fiber optic switching and sensing technology that uses light in optical fibers to control electrical devices.

The company says products based on this technology will eliminate electrical problems such as electrical shocks, sparks, short-circuits and electro-magnetic interference and lower the cost of manufacturing switches, sensors and cables through the use of plastic optical fiber.

The technology is currently being used for medical applications. CST has one product currently in commercial production — the LUMItouch optical reply pad for Magnetic Resonance Images (MRIs) — which has been sold to hospitals and research facilities in Canada, the United States and Europe, including McMaster University in Hamilton, ON.

CST also intends to develop its technology for use in hazardous switching and for the construction, automotive, marine and aerospace industries.


The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Exton, PA is currently accepting candidate nominations to fill seven seats on its 2001-2003 Board of Directors. The association says all members who demonstrate the necessary leadership skills and industry awareness will be considered.

Responsibilities as a Director will include attending board meetings, writing articles, and other activities designed to promote the purposes of the Society.

The recommended slate of candidates will be submitted to the Board of Directors by November 15, 2000. Election ballots will be mailed in January 2001.


BICSI of Tampa, FL has announced a new video-based training product, designed for industry types looking to gain a general knowledge of commercial telecommunications cabling.

Introduction to Commercial Voice/Data Cabling Systems visually explains structured cabling systems through a narrated tour of actual installations in both large and small facilities. The video features a narrator and a BICSI Master Instructor who maintain an ongoing dialogue as they inspect cabling infrastructure components in a real-world setting.

It provides an overview of building pathways and spaces, codes and standards, electrical protection, and copper and fiber cabling media. It also features an accompanying study guide/workbook that allows viewers to review diagrams and key points in more detail.

The video is available for US$249 for BICSI members and US$349 for non-members.


Nearly 70 per cent of all network-related problems result from poor cabling or cabling problems, and authors David Groth and Jim McBee have set out to address these concerns in their latest book.

Called Cabling: The Complete Guide to Network Wiring, the book is specifically geared toward an audience of network administrators, technicians and cable installers. With an aim towards helping users work safely and effectively with cables in the workplace, the book runs the gamut of network cabling. Its covers such areas as cabling system design and installation, electrical and security issues, cabling components, and documenting and troubleshooting a system.

Published by Sybex Inc. of Alameda, CA, the book is available in hardcover at a price of US$49.99. For more information, visit

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