Beware of cabling contractors using noncompliant cables

04/10/11 0 COMMENTS

The Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (“CCCA”) has found that certain imported communications cable does not comply with National Electrical Code (“NEC”) standards. Contractors that install this non-compliant cable, whether known to the contractor or not, may be exposed to liability for violating applicable building codes and in civil lawsuits for damages caused by the installation of non-compliant cable. Background about this issue and an overview of potential liability are provided herein.

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Gamewell-FCI expands emergency communications offerings

04/10/11 0 COMMENTS

Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell has expanded its fire alarm and emergency communications (a.k.a. mass notification) systems offerings through the integration of audible and visual notification devices and IP network command software from Alertus Technologies. Utilizing any number of hard-wired and wireless methods, Alertus’ wall-mounted Alert Beacons, text-to-speech interface modules, digital signage and computer desktop alerts can integrate seamlessly with the E3 Series of fire alarm and other emergency communications systems (ECS) from Gamewell- FCI.

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Mitel’s Virtual Desktop Phone Platform

02/09/11 0 COMMENTS

The whole point of having a virtual desktop infrastructure is so you can move your office wherever it needs to be, and access it through whatever you can carry with you. And the whole point of unified communications (UC) is so you can integrate all the information and voice traffic you receive into a single console. The problem up to now is that it’s been hard (maybe not impossible, but hard) to do both – to stream the voice traffic from the UC system to the virtual desktop using channels made for the job.

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Designing a Reliable Cabling Infrastructure for Healthcare Facilities

31/08/11 0 COMMENTS

Hospitals and other medical facilities face daunting new IT challenges as every facet of care increasingly relies on networked electronics. Berk-Tek and Legrand | Ortronics highlight key trends and opportunities to address these changes through structured cabling best practices.
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Telecom grounding and bonding standard published by NECA and BICSI

31/08/11 0 COMMENTS

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and BICSI jointly developed and recently published through ANSI a telecommunications grounding and bonding standard, NECA-BICSI-607-2011 Standard for Telecommunications Bonding and Grounding Planning and Installation Methods for Commercial Buildings.
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Electronic Alarm Verification can Speed Alarm Response Time and Help Minimize False Alarms

13/08/11 0 COMMENTS

It’s critical for alarm systems to summon a prompt response in the event of an intrusion. But it’s an unfortunate reality that many of the signals sent by intrusion protection systems to the central monitoring station are false alarms. A variety of factors can cause these false alarms—from pets or HVAC systems to users who are unfamiliar with system operation.

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9 Ways to Optimize Your Mass Notification Systems

13/08/11 0 COMMENTS

It is important to plan ahead for campus emergencies so that your mass notification efforts will reach the right people at the right time. This list of best practices can help you to accomplish your mass notification goals.

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Mitel Mobile Releases First 3G/4G Android Device – Announces Additional Enhancements to Mitel NetSolutions Product Portfolio

03/08/11 0 COMMENTS

Mitel®, a leading provider of unified communications and collaboration (UCC) software solutions, today announced that Mitel NetSolutions’ Mitel Mobile service has debuted the 3G/4G Android-based HTC Detail, making it the first US Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) to offer a 3G/4G wireless android handset solution.

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The Direct Attach Controversy

03/07/11 0 COMMENTS

The hot “discussion” amongst the RCDD’s LinkedIn site through BICSI’s RCDD Group is whether or not there is a standard that is EIA/TIA compliant that allows a UTP Category cable terminated directly into an IP port on a camera. The answer is “yes” and “no.” The “direct attach” configuration is a modular plug-ended horizontal cable at the device end which is not recognized in TIA-568 standardized data and voice applications, but has been accepted by the building automation standard, TIA-862 and the proposed ANSI/BICSI-005 ESS draft documents.

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World’s Largest JW Marriott Selects Mitel for Unified Communications

03/07/11 0 COMMENTS

Indianapolis Convention Center Hotel Uses Mitel Solutions to Increase Productivity

Mitel – a leading provider of Unified Communications (UC) software solutions, today announced JW Marriott Indianapolis has selected and deployed Mitel’s Unified Communications solution based on its Freedom architecture. With 33 floors, over 1000 guest rooms, and 104,000 square feet of convention space, the JW Marriott Indianapolis is the premier convention center hotel in the Midwestern U.S. It is using Mitel as the foundation for its pure IP voice infrastructure covering every room and meeting area.

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