Conference News

Annual Conference highlights advances in Information Transport Systems Industry.

Dublin: 23 June, 2009: Today, the BICSI European Conference officially opened in Dublin, Ireland, with an 8.30 key address from Minister of State, Conor Lenihan, T.D., at City West Conference Centre, Saggart. A Teachta Dála (T.D.) for the Dublin South West Constituency. Minister Lenihan was appointed the Minister of State in April 2009, and has special responsibility for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources.

Minister of State Conor Lenihan, TD (Dublin South West Constituency), opens the 2009 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition in Dublin, Ireland.

Pictured left to right: BICSI European Region Director Greg Sherry, RCDD, NTS, WD; Minister Conor Lenihan, TD; BICSI President Edward J. Donelan RCDD, NTS, TLT; and BICSI Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer John D. Clark Jr., CAE.

Minister Lenihan said that Ireland has a strong information communications technology (ICT) industry which is highly innovative, research intensive. "This evolving industry is an important strength and very relevant to the development of Ireland as a ‘Smart Economy’." He said that Ireland’s 2008 Smart Economy Plan "outlines a strategy for developing an economy via a low-carbon approach, and offers a unique opportunity in the information transport systems (ITS) industry for optimizing the convergence of ICT and energy in order to assure sustainable economic development. I welcome this European BICSI conference, which will highlight these growing technology trends over the next few days in the areas of data centers, green ICT, next generation enterprise networks and fibre optics."

Additionally, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BICSI European Region, and the 25th anniversary of the Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) program, a keynote address was delivered by BICSI President Edward J. Donelan, RCDD, NTS, TLT, on the history and future of the ICT and ITS industries.

Donelan said the BICSI European Conference is a celebration of the region’s and RCDD program’s anniversaries, which has led to a revitalization of the importance of the RCDD credential as it relates to providing global connectivity for IP integration on a "massive scale." He said that this integration is in direct correlation to BICSI’s localization strategy, as outlined in BICSI’s Strategic Plan. "We want to empower local education and training efforts that will lead to professional credentials, enabling a high degree of competence and confidence. You have to have competence to achieve confidence. Competence and confidence is required in a global community, and BICSI will be paving the way for professional IP integration into the global ITS industry."

Highlighting the growing technology trends, both locally and globally, is the objective of the European BICSI conference. There were a total of 12 educational sessions held in the first day. Throughout the three-day conference there will be 22 educational sessions covering a number of important topics affecting the ICT and ITS sectors. Emphasis is being placed on the Global Data Centre standards, Green ICT and Fibre Cabling Systems, Next Generation Fibres and Standards, Setting the Standard for Next-Generation Enterprise Networks and Ensuring Fibre Optic System Performance.

"I came here to the Dublin conference because I’m looking to keep up with technology and developing standards," said David Smith, RCDD, Emcor, Kent, UK. "My company is specifically looking into the green data center products that are being offered here. I was very successful with my research at the BICSI Las Vegas conference, and since then I’ve been looking forward to this conference."

In the morning, during lunch and in the evening, more than 340 visitors, delegates and exhibitors attend the BICSI Exhibition and Reception where they learn about the latest cutting-edge products and services, and network to create new business opportunities for their companies. Exhibitors at the conference are: ADC KRONE, Anixter International Ltd., Brand-Rex, Cablines Pro Net Ltd., Chatsworth Products Inc., Corning, CNet, Fineline, Fluke Networks, MaxCell, Mayflex, and Panasonic. The event is sponsored by Corning and Excel.

"I’m a speaker at this conference and also here to discover what the challenges are in the ITS industry," said Jan Piet Wielenga of ADC Krone, Cheltenham, UK. "I’m interested in the new Registered Information Transport Professional (RITP) credential that BICSI is offering because I will gain a better understanding of the ITS industry with an aim toward aligning product developments with market stability."

"It’s good to meet like-minded people in our industry," said Graeme Duncan, RCDD, Xtreme Business Solutions, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "I’m here to exchange ideas with my peers. I was very impressed with the Microsoft data centre presentation this morning. It was very innovative."


Dublin: 26 June, 2009: An eventful BICSI Conference full of educational presentations, exhibits and networking concluded. Two delegates, Kaan Subasi, RCDD, and Asil Deniz Turun, RCDD, were excited to discover the outcome of their credentialing exams which resulted in adding the Network Transport System Specialist to their professional achievements and thereby, joining the growing ranks of global BICSI certified information transport systems (ITS) professionals.

After a successful opening on Tuesday, conference delegates had the opportunity to design their own schedules on Wednesday morning, selecting from several Concurrent Session presentations. The wide assortment of session topics included managed density, intelligent infrastructure solutions, optimal installation quality and wireless security and surveillance.

The closing general session began with a presentation by Robert Faber Jr., RCDD, NTS, Chair of the BICSI Standards Committee; Phil Janeway, RCDD, Chair of the BICSI Codes Committee; Steve Banks, RCDD; and Greg Sherry, RCDD, NTS, WD, European Region Director. The presentation team gave a "Global Data Centre Standards Update," with an overview of four international data centre standards identifying similarities, differences and gaps in their scope and coverage. The team discussed BICSI’s need for European volunteers to serve on committees, particularly the proposed establishment of European regional standards groups, to provide input on the global best practices of BICSI’s existing and future standards for each of their regions.

Following was a presentation by Ken Hodge of Brand-Rex, titled “An Investigation into 10GBASE-T,” which examined the introduction of 10GBASE-T device technology to the market. The third presentation was "Energy Efficiency in Data Centres—Has Anything Actually Changed?" by Liam Newcombe of Romonet Ltd., London. The final presentation was given by BICSI President-Elect Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS; Sherry and BICSI President Edward J. Donelan RCDD, NTS, TLT. The BICSI leaders provided an update regarding the BICSI NxtGEN Program. Changes to the current BICSI credentialing program, impact to the BICSI credential holders and the future of BICSI through the eyes of the Next Generation of ITS professionals were discussed.

Throughout the conference, delegates took the time to stop by the BICSI Cares booth and offer their donations to charity. The money collected throughout the week by BICSI Cares was presented to the Barretstown Castle. The Barretstown Castle, located in Ireland, is a camp for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. The support of the BICSI conference delegates was very much appreciated.

One satisfied attendee, Nigel Hedges, Fluke Networks, Watford, UK, summed up the 2009 European conference experience: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this conference. The quantity and quality of the presentations were quite impressive in terms of enhancing the market’s understanding of advanced network infrastructure. Those who were unable to make this conference missed a very valuable learning event.”

“The conference was geared towards providing critical information and education necessary for today’s ITS professional,” said President Donelan. “We will continue to explore better ways of delivering our education and training services to the local communities, ensuring that the information remains relevant and accessible worldwide. Improving our delivery methods will remain a focus for BICSI for the remainder of the year. We also fully intend on conducting another high-quality European conference in 2010 and information on this event will be forthcoming.”

For more information contact:
John Bentham, RCDD, Country Chair Ireland BICSI
Tel: +353 1 4930311
E-mail: johnb@ciscom.ie 

Maarja Kolberg, BICSI Communications Manager
Tel: +1 813.979.1991
E-mail: mkolberg@bicsi.org

Ashley Macaluso, BICSI Communications & PR Campaign Specialist
Tel: +1 813.979.1991
E-mail: amacaluso@bicsi.org

About BICSI:

BICSI is the professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

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