BICSI conferences feature top-notch presentations given by industry experts on the latest ICT trends and technologies. From Internet of Things (IoT), intelligent buildings, PoE, critical infrastructure and more, we cover it all!

Sunday, September 9

  • 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

    Attendee and Exhibitor Registration and Information

  • 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Seminar
    Interpreting the NEC for Structured Cabling
    Tim Kuhlman, RCDD, PE, CDT – TEECOM – Portland, Oregon, USA
    6 CECs

    This seminar will provide a detailed review of the NEC® 2017 articles that apply to the design of structured cabling for telecommunication systems. The review will be illustrated with examples of telecom systems. The seminar will analyze and assist in interpreting Articles 645, 725, 770 and 800. These articles will form the foundation for a variety of code examples. We will review telecom items related to cabling, pathways, grounding and protectors.

Monday, September 10

  • 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Attendee and Exhibitor Registration and Information

  • 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Seminar  

    Fundamentals of Passive Optical LAN

    • Dustin Bateman – VT Group – Catonsville, Maryland, USA
    • Matt Miller – CallisonRTKL – Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    • Mike T. Watts – Noovis – Hanover, Maryland, USA
    • Chad Hines – ITConnect Inc. – Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

    6 CECs
    Passive Optical LANs are quickly growing as a cost-effective replacement for traditional copper Local Area Networks by reducing power, space and cooling requirements, while increasing the longevity of structured cabling. Attendees in this seminar will first be given fundamental knowledge on the underlying technologies in POL. The seminar will then build on this knowledge to allow attendees to understand the various components involved and combine that with existing design experience to design the infrastructure for a POL. The seminar will conclude with attendees having a full design to deliver an understanding of Passive Optical LAN.

  • 9 a.m.–noon

    Pre-Conference Seminars (Choose one)  

    When A Network is No Longer Just a Network:  Merging AV and Networking Infrastructure

    • Karl Rosenberg – Extron Electronics – Anaheim, California, USA

    3 CECs
    In this seminar we will be discussing the requirements for configuring small, simple huddle spaces moving to the future world of streaming 4K on a 10 Gbps network. This will be followed by understanding how cable standards and data rates allow transport of uncompressed AV and streaming capable over CAT cable and fiber, including the new capabilities of USB Type-C 3.0 cables.

    Visio Automation Techniques for Infrastructure Design and Management

    • David Cuthbertson – AssetGen Limited – Hatherop, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

    3 CECs
    Many BICSI members and their customers use MS Visio for creating schematics of physical and logical infrastructure, though few understand how to use it effectively due to lack of awareness and training. Few have Visio document standards and even fewer have made the update and maintenance of network schematics an ongoing process. This seminar will cover basic and advanced Visio functionality that can help with the initial high-level design processes used to capture and convey project requirements, as well as the detailed inventory and build for implementation and ongoing support.

  • 1:30-4:30 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Seminars (Choose one)  

    Four Pair PoE:  Powering the Future of Intelligent Buildings and the IoT

    • Mark Mullins – Fluke Networks – Everett, Washington, USA
    • Dave Valentukonis, RCDD, NTS – SIEMON – Watertown, Connecticut, USA 
    • Todd Frederes – CISCO – West Des Moines, Iowa, USA 
    • Geoffrey Bauer, ESS – Axis Communications – Rockford, Illinois, USA

    3 CECs
    While PoE has been around for quite some time, recent changes promise to take it from an occasional power source to the significant force in powering the IoT and intelligent buildings. With that change will come new capabilities and experiences for users along with new requirements affecting cabling design, installation and testing. This seminar will cover what designers, installers and maintainers need to know when working with the future of remote power delivery.

    Next Generation Wireless Networks

    • Mark Niehus, RCDD – Connectivity Wireless Solutions – Duluth, Georgia, USA
    • Scott Rahim – Connectivity Wireless Solutions – Duluth, Georgia, USA

    3 CECs
    At the advent of 5G, virtual reality and IoT, wireless possibilities are reaching unprecedented heights.  What was once a dream will soon be everyday reality and enterprises are forced to ask, “Is my infrastructure able to handle the burgeoning demands?” In preparation of the coming IoT age, we will explore next-generation wireless technologies and trends and the infrastructures needed to support them.

Tuesday, September 11

  • 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Attendee and Exhibitor Registration and Information
  • 8:30-8:45 a.m.

    Conference Call to Order and Opening Remarks

  • 8:45-9:30 a.m.

    Opening Keynote Speaker  

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m.

    Envisioning Smart and Safe Cities and Buildings Future: 2020 and Beyond

    • Steve Surfaro – Security Industry Association – Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    • Limor Schafman – Telecommunications Industry Association – Arlington, Virginia, USA
    • Jack Hanagriff – City of Houston – Public Safety Office and Homeland Security –
      Houston, Texas, USA

    In a world where technology rules, it is imperative we find time to carefully marry citizen focus, ICT, IoT and leadership in building the continuously evolving Smart City and Smart Building. Virtual tours of Palo Alto, California, Las Vegas, Nevada and Houston, Texas Smart City projects will be presented by their respective innovation leadership. How will we protect the "Massive Internet of Things (IoT)," now present in smart cities and intelligent buildings? How will social media, crowdsourcing and deep learning affect smart and safe security decisions and what will be tomorrow's cyber­attack vectors? Peer into the future through a rich multimedia format to consider the effect of emerging technologies and trends, such as IoT, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, data analytics and intelligent buildings. What solutions will claim 5G's dominance? How will infrastructure's evolution offload the burden of IT staff into the simplified, yet vulnerable cloud?

  • 10:30-11 a.m.

  • 11 a.m.-noon

    What’s New with Enterprise Fiber Standards and Applications

    • John Kamino, RCDD – OFS – Norcross, Georgia, USA

    This presentation will provide an update on enterprise optical fiber standards from a cabling and application perspective. The presentation will also provide proprietary and multi-source agreement solutions that are being deployed in the market. Bandwidth demands in the enterprise continue to grow, and it is important that end users, installers, distributors and other BICSI members understand the market direction.

  • Noon-1:30 p.m.

    Lunch (Attendees responsible for their own lunch)
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.

    Demystifying Enterprise Fiber Networks

    • Adrian Young – Leviton Network Solutions – Bothell, Washington, USA

    Enterprise fiber networks can often feel complex with numerous choices and methods to navigate. Single-mode or multimode? MPO, LC or SC connector types? Field termination or factory termination? This presentation will shed light on today's enterprise fiber infrastructure and help you better understand your options, including an overview of the quickly evolving transceiver marketplace and techniques to improve efficiency and cabling density.

  • 2-7:30 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall Open
  • 2:30-3:15 p.m.

    How Data Centers and Central Offices Co-Exist in the Same Space

    • Craig Culwell – CommScope – Shakopee, Minnesota, USA

    The convergence of wireless and wireline will force the different groups to work together. Operating both two different ways won’t work. Being able to support the needs of the traditional central office network and supporting low latency data applications requires different mindsets in the same facility. Operators need to support the ‘rip and replace’ data center mindset while at the same time, supporting evolving needs of the incoming outside plant infrastructure for a lifetime.

  • 3:15-3:30 p.m.

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Ethernet and PoE Operation Over a Single-Pair of Twisted-Pair Copper Cabling

    • Chris DiMinico – AEM – Chandler, Arizona, USA

    The presentation will offer an overview of recent developments in Ethernet standardization for operation over a single-pair of twisted-pair copper cabling, addressing both single-pair data transmission, powering, field testing and applications.

  • 4:30-7:30 p.m.

    Exhibition and Reception

Wednesday, September 12

  • 7:30-8:45 a.m.

    Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
  • 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall Open
  • 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Attendee and Exhibitor Registration and Information
  • 9-10 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)  

    10G Network Qualifying: How to Test the True Speed Limit of Your Existing LAN

    • Tobias Heilmaier – Softing – Haar, Bavaria, Germany

    Demand for high-speed data with mobility in the workplace has produced wireless access points and switches that are much faster than existing enterprise LANs. The question remains: Can your existing 1Gb network deliver those faster speeds? This presentation examines the current push for faster GBase-T Ethernet and how facility managers can now test existing CAT 5e/Cat 6 cabling for data transmission speeds well beyond.

    Beyond AV Club—Simplifying K-12 AV Applications

    • Brett Hanson, RCDD – Leviton Network Solutions – Bothell, Washington, USA

    In today's education environments, AV systems are becoming essential tools for sharing information and keeping students engaged. Understanding the challenges associated with the transport of high-bandwidth audio and visual signals in classrooms is key to designing a system that is user-friendly, cost effective and future-proof. See how to put together AV solutions that anyone can use intuitively, with no training or maintenance issues. This cost-effective approach is geared toward contractors who work in schools.

    The Real Impact of High-Power PoE on Your IP Network

    • Cindy Montstream, RCDD, NTS – Legrand – New London, Connecticut, USA
    • Jason Finnegan – Legrand – New London, Connecticut, USA
    • Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, RTPM, CSI – Superior Essex, York, Pennsylvania, USA

    Do you know what impact high-power PoE will have on your network? The networks of the past were not designed for the PoE of the future. Lighting systems using PoE technology are growing in popularity, bringing efficiency to smart buildings. With IoT, more systems and devices will use PoE, resulting in cabling being exposed to higher temperatures for long periods of time. Learn what potential risks exist and what can be done to eliminate them.

    Passive Optical LAN – Game Changer:  An Integrator’s Perspective

    • Indrajith Parakrama Munaweera – Tamdeed Projects / Etisalat – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    This case study is based on the solution presented to one of the service providers in the United Arab Emirates. Passive Optical LAN has been proposed with the vision of the service provider to introduce state of the art infrastructure to their facilities. Passive Optical LAN is the latest solution for large scale enterprise networks. The solution proposed is based on GPON technology with fiber to the work area empowering users with high-speed, reliable and scalable data networks. An integrator perspective will be presented in terms of technology, deployment, reliability, cost casings and maintenance.

  • 10-10:30 a.m.

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)  

    Extreme Density Networks: Are You Ready?

    • Derek Whitehurst – Corning Optical Communications – Hickory, North Carolina, USA

    Installations over 864 fibers, often described as extreme density, are becoming more and more common, driven in part by increasing data center interconnection speeds and the deployment of fiber deeper to support FTTH and 5G. While exciting, these networks can provide a new set of challenges to network operators and installers. This presentation will explore what is driving the need for extreme density deployments, areas to consider as planning and what the future holds.

    Broadcast Media Networks Over IP

    • Ward Sellars, RCDD, WD – The Hidi Group – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    As a member of AES, SMPTE and BICSI, the presenter will give a technical update on new audio and video over IP evolving broadcast standards. As broadcasters are moving to IP, there are opportunities for BICSI members to participate as broadcast facilities become large data centers, especially as legacy SDI coaxial digital infrastructure gives way to high-speed optical fiber and Ethernet. Understanding these developments is fundamental to the future of networked media.

    DAS @ University of Florida: Covering All of UF From the Stadium to Beyond!

    • John Madey, RCDD – University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida, USA

    This presentation will be an update to the well received 2014 DAS presentation that focused on the neutral host DAS buildout at the 90,000 seat Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, located at the University of Florida. Since that time, UF has added in-building DAS coverage for fifteen additional buildings, an outdoor DAS with seven campus nodes and now is installing DAS at the O'Connell Center, which is a 10,000 seat arena located on campus.

    Field Testing and Troubleshooting of PON LAN Networks per IEC 61280-4

    • Jim Davis – Fluke Networks – Everett, Washington, USA

    This presentation looks in detail at how to do field testing of installed PON Networks in a LAN environment. With the increased use of PON, installers, architects and consultants are curious about how to specify the field testing and strategies for field testing. This presentation will address these questions.

  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)
    Eliminating the Confusion from Seismic Codes & Standards
    • Daniel Duggan – CADDY (nVent) – Solon, Ohio, USA
    • Olivier Braquet – CADDY (nVent) – Solon, Ohio, USA
    This presentation will describe and demystify the sources and connections between the building code and its referenced standards for the seismic protection of telecommunications components, equipment and their supports by citing the specific references in them and showing the attendees where to find this information, rather than having to rely on vague and/or miss-represented information which leads to confusion in the industry and unnecessary expense.
      Audio Distribution, Mass Notification and Its Impact on Safety
    Jonathan Leonard – Lencore Acoustics Corporation – Woodbury, New York, USA

    The audio distribution industry has grown exponentially in recent years due to open-office design trends. With the recent adoptions of NFPA72 2010/2016 versions of Fire Alarm and Signaling, as well as the development of UL 2572 certification of mass notification systems, sound masking has become a potential life safety concern. This presentation will discuss the basic premise of sound masking, the changes in NFPA and UL requirements and how to deliver the right solution.
      An Integrated Approach to Low Voltage Design
    Timothy Smith, RCDD, RTPM – HOK – Dallas, Texas, USA

    Foundationally, BICSI was created to advance the cause of telecommunications being recognized by the A&E community as more than a backbox and a conduit stub to above a ceiling. As technology has advanced, information transport and security automation systems have become ubiquitous in the built environment. This presentation seeks to describe the advantages of an integrated approach where low voltage design influences the architectural process.
      ITS Design Challenges for Health Care Facilities
    Ahmed AlTaie, RCDD, PgMP, PMP, CSM – Thinkbox Technology Group – Irvine, California, USA

    Designing ITS infrastructure for health care facilities comes with many challenges. During this presentation the presenter will share a lot of their experience from different real-life projects over the past few years and best practices to overcome these challenges.

  • 2:30-3 p.m.

  • 3-4 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (choose one)  

    New Cabling Standards for the Buildings of Today and Tomorrow
    Frank Straka – Panduit Corporation – Tinley Park, Illinois, USA

    Yesterday people were running cables to outlets on a wall. Today you are running cables to new locations, like security cameras and wireless access points. Tomorrow you are going to be running cables to even more places like Building Automation Systems, intelligent lighting and sensors. The standards that govern cabling have adapted and are adapting to many of these new trends. This presentation discusses the new and upcoming standards designed to accommodate these trends.
      Realities of 802.11ac Speeds in the Enterprise
    Richard Steiner, RCDD, NTS – Airopath, Inc. – Camano Island, Washington, USA

    This presentation will discuss the realities of achieving high-speed wireless networks within the Enterprise space. Topics discussed will include today's technologies including channel bonding, high-density networks, multi-Gigabit ports on APs and switches and what is real from a deployment standpoint for these networks. Industry best practices and challenges seen in real-world deployments will also be presented.
      Leveraging the IP Network for Communications and Safety in K-12 Schools
    Jayme Wright, RCDD – Audio Enhancement, Inc. – Sebastian, Florida, USA

    Seconds count when an emergency happens. Situational awareness, clear communications and automated systems provide the needed support during those emergencies. It is more important than ever to provide seamless mass communications and safety systems in schools. Technology built on industry standards such as VoIP, SIP and HTTP within the IP network and support integration, and unification of outside systems is the only way to make it happen.
      My Data Center is Heating Up—What Do I Do
    Jason Hallenbeck, RCDD, DCDC – BAE Systems – Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

    We have all had that dilemma where cooling is an issue in our data center and the solution is not apparent. This presentation will cover the step-by-step process needed to find, troubleshoot and resolve these cooling issues quickly, and in many cases, at low cost. Cooling is not a simple commodity product; most obstacles in cooling a rack stem from squandered cooling somewhere else in the system, and this presentation will help you find out where.

Thursday, September 13

  • 8 a.m.-noon

    Attendee Registration and Information
  • 8:30-9:15 a.m.

    Closing General Session

    PoE Lighting:  Unleashing IoT and Opportunity in the ICT Industry

    • Dave Valentukonis, RCDD, NTS – SIEMON – Watertown, Connecticut, USA
    • Bob Allan – SIEMON – Watertown, Connecticut, USA
    • Harry Aller – Innovative Lighting – Des Moines, Iowa, USA

    Considered an integral component of IoT, PoE lighting systems that can be controlled, monitored and powered via structured cabling already illuminate over one billion square feet and will experience explosive growth in the next five years. Through Ethernet communications and integration with other IoT applications, PoE lighting has the potential to cut energy costs and improve safety and comfort, while offering enormous opportunity for ICT designers and installers alike.

  • 9:15-10 a.m.

    Emerging Technologies for Intelligent Building Systems and Interconnectivity of Codes

    • Denise Pappas – Valcom – Roanoke, Virginia, USA

    Do you find it hard to keep up with all the codes and standards with the ever increasing emerging technologies, especially with the increase in Intelligent Building Systems? How do all these various systems and codes come together? Who can keep the acronyms straight for all these different codes and standards anyway—AHJ, TIA, BICSI, IEEE, NFPA, ANSI, etc.? This presentation will give the attendee a high-level view of all these codes and standards.

  • 10-10:15 a.m.

  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.

    BICSI Cares Presentation and Drawing
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Closing Keynote Speaker: Patrick Sweeney
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon

    Conference Wrap-up, Closing Video and Door Prize Drawing