A new Country Chair has been appointed in El Salvador and Guatemala. Congratulations to Juan Pablo Aguilar on his appointment to CALA District Country Chair!
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During this year’s 14th annual event, the conference officially opened with Global Region Director Rick Ciordia, RCDD, DCDC, RTPM and Eng. Wigberto Rivera Nieves, President of CIAPR, welcoming the many delegates. The technical presentations throughout the day covered a wide variety of ICT topics, including wired and wireless AV collaboration; the future of optical fiber; network infrastructure challenges; field testing cabling in industrial environments; making the most of your intelligent PDU investment; digital building infrastructure; FTTx implementation; and planning for a fiber-deep infrastructure.
Attendees at the conference were able to explore the exhibits and learn about their offerings. In addition, all present had the chance to watch sponsors give brief What’s New, What’s It Do? presentations on their latest innovations. Following the technical agenda came the closing remarks, door prize drawing and lastly, a cocktail reception.
Overall, the 14th BICSI Puerto Rico Conference & Exhibition was a success and had a 50 percent increase in attendance compared to last year. Both delegates and exhibitors expressed their delight and are looking forward to the next Puerto Rico event, which is scheduled for 5 November 2020.
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Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event a success.
BICSI Day Ecuador was very eventful and packed with a lot of ICT knowledge. BICSI Ecuador Country Chair, Daniel Faour, opened the event and many presentations including topics such as hyper scale data centers, 5G, the next generation of PoE and fiber optical certification were touched upon after. A lively panel discussion also drew in attention from attendees toward the end of the event. Overall, BICSI Day Ecuador was a success and BICSI CALA is thankful to all who attended, volunteered, exhibited, sponsored, presented and contributed toward this notable event.
Don't miss out on 2020 BICSI CALA events. These conferences will have academic agendas and exhibit halls where you will find the latest trends, new solutions, and best practices and standards that are a must in today’s industry to lead the modern world toward integral connectivity. We invite you to join us as an attendee or sponsor at the following events in the area:
- BICSI Day Costa Rica
5 March | José, Costa Rica
- CALA Colombia Congress & Exhibition
13-14 May | Bogotá, Colombia
With over 400 attendees, the event focused on how digital transformation is driving the wave of transition. Ninad Desai, RCDD, NTS, OSP, TECH, CT, India District Chair, opened the conference and spoke of BICSI’s strategic programs and key initiatives to drive more industry, government and academic engagement. Keynote, Deben Moza, spoke about co-working spaces, while the guest of honour, Bala Chitoor discussed the evolution of IoT within the industry.
BICSI India Conference & Exhibition photo
Besides a large emphasis on voice, data and audio-video applications, this year's topics also consisted of:
- Life safety and automation systems
- Electronic safety & security
- Integration and installation of pathways
- Fibre and copper-based distribution systems
- Design and much more!
To see a more detailed overview of the conference, click here.
An article about the conference is also featured on voicendata.com. Read more about it here and see some of the event photos below:
BICSI would like to thank the many attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and staff for their patronage.
General Announcements: Congratulations to our Newest Credential Holders
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This year’s conference focused on ICT information and transmission system technology and had a large lineup of expert speakers from various verticals. The agenda included many topics and happenings such as:
- Unparalleled insights on the technologies and standards driving the evolution of smart cities, buildings and infrastructures
- Invaluable networking opportunities with professionals and leading providers of ICT/ELV technology and services in the Exhibit Hall
- Continuing education credits (CECs) for credentials
- Onsite Cabling Skills Challenge (CSC)
With the help of our many sponsors and exhibitors, the Japan District Conference was filled with many interesting companies from various locations around the globe. We thank you for your participation.
It is highly regarded that we have received support from many public institutions. In particular, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) is the largest industrial organization and also creates standards in Japan. The JApan Network Operators' Group (JANOG) is an organization of network operators that we were also happy to have associated with our event.
We are also excited that the current number of applicants registered surpassed that of last year on 11 November 2018.
Thank you to all who have helped make this event possible.
The Cabling Skills Challenge training schedule was filled with many educational events that helped attendees enhance their skillset. The monthly agenda below shows what occurred:
August 2019 Training
- 23 August - Hands-on Fusion Splicing
September 2019 Training
- 3 September - Labeling
- 17 September -Termination and Mechanical Splicing of SIEMON Products
October 2019 Training
- 8 October - Acquainting Yourself with the Written Test
- 21 October - Troubleshooting with Cable Testers
November 2019 Training
- 5 July - Hands-on Cat 3 110 Block Connection
- 23 July - Hands-on Fusion Splicing
Thanks to all who have participated in these informative and interactive events!
Due to the amount of participation in both external and internal events, trainings, seminars, meetings, exhibitions and conferences, it has been a very eventful time in the district. Each effort contributed to BICSI Japan’s growth and expansion and we appreciate all who were a part of the success. Below is a snapshot of some of the events we have participated in:
August 2019 Seminars and Events
- 8 August - Fire Retardant for Through-hole of Cabling |Mr. Wake, Furukawa |Techno Material
- 21 August – Monthly District Meeting
- 22 August - Intensive Course for Data Center Construction (5 CECs)
September 2019 Seminars and Events
- 12 September - PoE Cabling and Testing Resistance of That | Mr. Asaka, Nippon Seisen and Mr. Takahashi |Fluke Networks
- 18 September - Monthly District Meeting
- 18 September - Annual Business Meeting
- 19 September - TSUKO Factory Tour | Mitsuo Ohtsu, RCDD
- 26 September - Hands-on Copper Cabling (Intermediate course) | Mr. Nitta from Panduit
October 2019 Seminars and Events
- 1 October - The Latest Trend of Telecommunication Cabling | Gautier Humbert, RCDD, Mainland Europe District Chair
- 7 October - Monthly District Meeting
- 24 October - Optical fiber Fusion Splicing (Intermediate course) | Mr. Sato from Sumitomo Electric and Konishi Kinden
For more information, visit our district website here.
Event photo at the 1 October Tokyo Seminar
- Upcoming RCDD and DCDC exams are scheduled for 1 November 2020
- Coming soon! ANSI/BICSI 002-2019 and BICSI 009-2019 in Japanese
BICSI Middle East & Africa District:
The ACE Summit Morning Masterclass & 3rd Annual ACE Summit were successful events. The presentations delivered provided great educational content and kept the crowd engaged. The sponsors were happy as BICSI staff received feedback that the right mix of Architects, Consultants & Engineers (ACE) attended. The participation in the event was helped by promoting the events at the BICSI booth at GITEX Technology Week and through the GITEX BICSI Masterclasses. In addition to our sponsors, Intersec was a Supporting Organization and the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management was a Supporting Association.
Paul Weintraub, RCDD, ESS, RTPM, TECH, CAE, BICSI Vice President of Global Development & Support, opened the event and provided information about upcoming events, including the EMEA Conference & Exhibition. Barry Shambrook, RCDD, MIET, MBCS, Partner for High Tech Project Management at HartDixon, conducted a three-hour Masterclass on “Converged Networks – the Future of Intelligent Buildings as defined by BICSI 007,” and real-world experiences were used throughout the Masterclass. The event’s Headline Sponsor was Mobotix AG, and the other Summit Sponsors included Avigilon, Polymedia, AT&T Cabling Systems, Superior Essex, DME Prolink and Excel.
Group Photo at the 3rd Annual ACE Summit and GITEX Technology Week
Dr. Taseer A. Rangrez, DBA, Ph.D., BICSI MEA Advisory Committee Chair, opened the ACE Summit. The agenda featured presentations from experts on a range of topics including "Security though Intelligent Sensors," “Data Center Management in the Age of Accelerating Change," “Bridging the Gap between Technology and Facilities Management” and “Missed AEC Opportunities for Life Cycle Savings, in Terms of Digitalization and the Application of Proven Technology, Coupled with Common Sense."
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Overall, thanks to the hard work of BICSI volunteers, supported by staff. With that, BICSI EMEA was able to deliver a week full of well-received events and spoke with attendees about BICSI memberships, training, sponsorships, standards and other BICSI products and services. In addition, new relationships were built, and older relationships were strengthened to add to a successful week.
There were a lot of attendees and plenty to learn during BICSI Day South Africa as well as the FTTX Council Conference. Topics at the BICSI Day event ranged from smart cities, to ICT trends, Wi-Fi 6 and more. At the FTTX Council Conference, 5G, the fibre industry and other ICT relevant topics were explored. Overall, both events were a success and BICSI is grateful to all that attended.
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BICSI EMEA successfully held its first Saudi Tech Roadshow: a series of three events in three of the major cities in Saudi Arabia. It began in Jeddah, 13 October, then Riyadh, 15 October and lastly Al Khobar, 17 October. The three events surpassed all expectations by having a combined attendance of more than 340 attendees over the course of the week. Additionally, there was a total of seven sponsors: Trident Technology Services/Panduit; SETRA/Belden; Fluke Networks; Vivanco; AT&T Cabling Systems; Siemon; AlFalak. The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) was the Supporting Association.
The agendas for each of the cities were identical. The technical presentations provided 45 minutes each of outstanding content on the following topics: "Digital Ceiling Lighting and Cabling Design Challenges;" “Construction Products Regulation - Details, Comparison and Experiences;” “Will My Fiber Support the Application I Have Today? Will My Fiber Support the Application I Will Use Tomorrow?" and "Edge Data Center."
Group Photo at the Saudi Tech Roadshow
In all three cities, Dr. Taseer A. Rangrez, DBA, Ph.D., BICSI MEA Advisory Committee Chair opened the event. Paul Weintraub, RCDD, ESS, RTPM, TECH, CAE, BICSI Vice President of Global Development & Support, gave a short BICSI overview and provided information about upcoming events, including the EMEA Conference & Exhibition. Once the technical presentations ended, the event concluded with a networking lunch. To see a more detailed overview of the conference, click here.
Take a look at some of the event photos below:
Overall, the entire week exceeded expectations of all participants, thanks to the hard work from BICSI volunteers and BICSI staff. The BICSI EMEA Region looks forward to returning to Saudi Arabia next year.
BICSI Mainland Europe District:
The event was a huge success and the number of attendees greatly surpassed the 200 customers who were invited. Moderated by Ahmed Lahri, general manager of Prolikon Consulting, the event was publicized by many media outlets. The BICSI presentation was the key focus, thanks to the valuable knowledge it provided. The organizer then kept the same concept of vendor neutrality in his presentations, recognizing that this method gave more value to the customers.
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Attendees were extremely interested in BICSI’s ability to provide best practice standards, training and accreditation to those interested and a few have already requested to become BICSI country volunteers.
Thank you to all who attended and made this event possible.
Doors opened at 8:30 a.m. and BICSI Italy’s Country Chair, Mario Vellano, RCDD, provided a BICSI overview and opened the morning’s technical sessions. Speakers covered ICT-relevant topics such as Wireless, Optical Fiber, PON LAN Networks and Multimode Cabling Infrastructure. Two live demos, which served as parallel sessions presented by Rosenberger and Spring were conducted in the morning and the afternoon session consisted of four more speakers, including Gautier Humbert, RCDD, Mainland Europe District Chair.
Presentations were delivered in English with simultaneous Italian translation and delegates from multiple nations, including Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and the U.S. were in attendance.
Thank you to all the volunteers, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, attendees and to everyone that made this event a success. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2020.
During this successful event, attendees learned about the latest trends and developments in ICT. In attendance were cabling systems manufacturers, test and structured cabling equipment suppliers, data center design and maintenance specialists, cloud service providers and more. A lot of networking took place and plenty of industry experts eagerly shared their knowledge.
BICSI appreciates all who made this event possible.
The venue consisted of plenty of sunlight and a great view from within the sponsored area. Besides the location, attendees were unanimous in their decision that they would return due to the quality and variety of educational ICT content at the event. Attendees also confirmed that they would recommend the event to others.
Boat at BICSI Day France
With attendance increasing steadily, BICSI is gradually finding its place in an otherwise saturated French market in associations for communication infrastructures.
Thanks to all who attended and made this event possible.
BICSI UK & Ireland District:
Exciting News for Lapsed UK & Ireland Credential Holders: BICSI Amnesty Program Will be Launching Soon
Following a two-year initiative, instigated by the UK & Ireland District, full details will be released soon of a scheme that will give lapsed BICSI credential holders an easier option to regain their qualification. Eligibility will be subject to a maximum lapsed period of no more than two CEC terms and demonstration of engagement in the appropriate industry for the lapsed period. Candidates will be required to attend the BICSI training course associated with the credential but will not have to retake the exam. Take a look at the latest article by BICSI here in Inside_Networks on pages 32-35 for additional details.
The UK & Ireland District thanks the Registration and Credentials Supervision Committee (RCSC) for their help in developing this new policy which provides a reasonably easy way of regaining a credential whilst preserving the credibility of the BICSI qualifications.
You're Invited! Register to Attend These Upcoming EMEA Events in the Region
- BICSI Technical Seminar Qatar
27 January | Doha, Qatar
- BICSI Technical Seminar Oman
29 January | Muscat, Oman
- BICSI Technical Seminar Bahrain
20 February | Manama, Bahrain
- EMEA Conference & Exhibition
13-15 April | Dubai, UAE
Hard work goes a long way! See who has achieved the latest BICSI credentials in the region below:
|Abdelhameed Gamal Abdelhameed Mohamed
A new District Chair has been appointed in Southeast Asia. Congratulations to Tony Madroño, RCDD, DCDC, REE, MBA on his promotion from Country Chair to SEA District Vice Chair!
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With more than 18,000 data centre and technology professionals and over 400 leading solution providers, BICSI made a lasting knowledgeable impression in the minds of many. Many presentations were held and attendees from a global audience listened in. In particular, “How to Build A Green Data Center?” attracted a very large crowd. Attendees were both standing and sitting on the floor to listen to our speaker, BICSI Southeast Asia Thailand Country Chair, Assoc. Prof., Dr Montri Wiboonrat at the Energy, Efficiency, Cost Management & DCIM Theatre.
BICSI Southeast Asia District Chair, Garies Chong, RCDD, DCDC moderated a panel session with a data center (DC) builder, a DC consultant and a DC owner & operator. Their expert visions and experiences were drawn upon to share the key of design strategy. Overall, this highly successful event was the largest B2B enterprise technology and data centre event. It went very well for BICSI and much was learned to help expand the future of ICT. To see a more detailed report, click here.
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Thanks to all who attended.
This grand event hosted a wide variety of exhibitors, sponsors and attendees in the SMX Convention Hall. Organized by the Structured Energy Systems Corporation (SESCO) and the Institute of Electronics Engineers Foundation Inc. (IECEP Foundation Inc), this successful event inspired and educated many.
Thanks to all who attended this event.
Mark Your Calendars! Plan Ahead to Attend These Upcoming Events in the Southeast Asia District
Join BICSI at the following locations:
- 2020 Southeast Asia Conference & Exhibition
23-24 April | Singapore
The event attracted 110 attendees, including ICT professionals, delegates from government agencies, U.S. Army Communications Engineers, U.S. Army Tech reviewers, professors, researchers, designers, engineers and contractors. In addition, the event had eight sponsors: Fluke Networks, LS Cables, Legrand, Corning, SeeEL, KWM, SAM E&T and CEIK.
Youngsoo Kim, BICSI Korea District Chair, officially opened the event by welcoming everyone and providing a BICSI overview. Then, the academic agenda began with a series of technical seminars all centering around “How ICT Infrastructure Technology Serves Future Smart Cities.” Throughout the day, attendees were able to interact with exhibitors to learn about their new products and technologies. Attendees also had the opportunity to interact with Mack Wallace, Director of Mechanical Engineering at Jacobs, who is also part of the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Committee and SK Jang, Professor of ICT at the Polytech Institute of Korea.
The day concluded with a lively panel discussion, followed by a closing reception. Attendees and exhibitors alike were thrilled with the event and are looking forward to more events in Korea. Discussions regarding a date for the next BICSI Day Korea are already in progress.
Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event a reality!
Hard work goes a long way! See who has achieved the latest BICSI credentials in the district below:
|Jeong Keun Yoon
You're invited to the 2020 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition in Tampa, Florida. Preparations are underway for this grand event scheduled to take place 9-13 February 2020. Come to learn about the latest developments on 5G, data centers, Power over Ethernet (PoE), smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT), optical fiber and more! Don’t miss your chance to network with ICT professionals from around the globe. Register by 10 January 2020 to take advantage of early bird pricing at bicsi.org/winter.
We are seeking BICSI-credentialed installers and technicians to compete in the 2020 BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge on 10-12 February taking place in conjunction with the Winter Conference. Participants will compete for the chance to take home the grand prize of $5,000 and be recognized as the 2020 BICSI Installer of the Year. Click here for more info and to sign up to participate or sponsor this event.
BICSI has launched the new BICSI Career Center website, ictcareers.bicsi.org. This exciting new site allows users to view featured ICT-related jobs worldwide and has a number of features users can benefit from. Whether you are a job seeker in search of a new opportunity, or an employer seeking to hire top industry talent, the BICSI Career Center is just for you. Click here to find out why the BICSI Career Center is a leading provider of career and recruitment services in the highly competitive ICT marketplace
As you may know, BICSI has revised the Data Center Design Consultant™ (DCDC™) program. As part of this exciting DCDC overhaul, many areas of the program were revisited and updated to stay up-to-par with the changing times.Most recently, BICSI released a revised DC101 self-paced course and Data Center Flash Cards as the newest additions to BICSI’s international DCDC Program. See a short video about the revised course here.
- DC101: Introduction to Data Center Design – Updated!
- DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Training Course
- Data Center Flash Cards – New!
- Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) Credential Exam
- ANSI/BICSI 002-2019, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices Standard – Released May 2019
- BICSI 009-2019, Data Center Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Standard – Released May 2019
- Essentials of Data Center Projects (EDCP), 1st edition Manual – Released May 2019
After an extensive search conducted by the Executive Director/CEO Search Committee (EDSC), it was announced that John H. Daniels will become the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of BICSI starting 1 January 2020. Currently serving as Global Vice President in the analytics department of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Daniels has provided global strategic leadership to a number of initiatives with offices in Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Given his track record of success in building and leading collaborative teams that have driven meaningful growth and engagement for the organizations he has served, BICSI looks forward to his expertise and to welcoming him onboard.
Your votes have been counted and the results are in for the 2020-22 BICSI Board of Directors Election. Congratulations to the following five Board members who will serve two-year terms on the BICSI Board of Directors:
Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, ESS, DCDC | CEO Communications | Cape Coral, FL
David M. Richards, RCDD, NTS, OSP, TECH, CT | Chatsworth Products, Inc. | Arden, NC
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region Director
Barry Shambrook, RCDD | GIA BC | Hornchurch, Essex, UK
U.S. North-Central Region Director
Randal Reusser, CT, RCDD, TECH | Gateway Technical College | Kenosha, WI
U.S. Northeast Region Director
William Foy, RCDD, ESS, NTS, OSP, WD | S2N Technology Group | Bethesda, MD
The new Board will officially be inaugurated on 11 February 2020, during the BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition in Tampa, Florida. Thank you to all of the candidates who volunteer their time and talents to BICSI and the ICT community.
Wednesday, 11 November was an eventful day at the BICSI World Headquarters in Tampa, Florida. After months of hard work and preparation, the new and improved building was unveiled during a historic ribbon-cutting event that was attended by BICSI Board Members, past presidents, students, staff, community leaders and friends of BICSI from all over the country. The construction project included substantial technological and configuration enhancements to its interior workspaces and the BICSI Learning Academy. Leading the extensive remodeling project was the Project Refresh Working Group consisting of four BICSI past presidents and two BICSI staff representatives: Ed Donelan, RCDD, NTS, ESS; Russ Oliver, RCDD, DCDC, NTS, ESS; Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI; Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, RTPM, CSI; and BICSI staff representatives Vice President of Administration and CFO, Betty Eckebrecht, CAE and Director of Human Resources, Bernie Currie, SHRM-CP, PHR. Get a look at the updated facility by clicking the image on the right.
With more than 35 packed technical sessions and 123 exhibitors, the 2019 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada was a big success! In addition to the packed Exhibit Hall, information-rich sessions and powerful closing keynote presentation, the conference included an opening panel discussion on a wide range of topics including technology, infrastructure, connected devices and sensors, artificial intelligence, automation and more. If you did not have the chance to go to the event, take a look at highlights from the conference by clicking the image to the right
BICSI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI). FGI develops the guidelines for planning, design and construction of hospitals, outpatient facilities and residential health, care and support facilities in the United States. In addition to BICSI offering support and subject matter expertise on the future of ICT in healthcare, this new alliance through the MOU allows both BICSI and FGI to benefit in the cross-promotion of BICSI Standards and FGI Guidelines.
Do you or someone you know want to share their passion for BICSI and the ICT community, and be featured as a brand ambassador in BICSI promotional materials? BICSI is seeking members, credential holders and individuals who want to show their ICT industry pride by sharing a picture and story. Submitted entries will have a chance to be featured on bicsi.org, in BICSI advertising campaigns, social media posts and more! Click here for more details.
Great news for those working in the copper cabling field! The ICT Installation Practices Field Guide, Volume 2 – Copper Cabling, 1st Edition, the newest BICSI installation field guide, has just been released. This handy pocket guide is a must-have companion for every ICT and low voltage cabling installer and technician. Read about topics such as balanced twisted-pair and coaxial communication cabling, horizontal and backbone applications, performance specifications, length limitations, termination, troubleshooting, and much more. See more details here.
BICSI CONNECT is your all-inclusive online resource for all of your ICT training needs. Access online learning resources such as Academy Instructor-Led (ILT) courses, earn CECs and more! Check out some of the most recently added courses below:
- Network Storage and Security
- Remote Access, Virtualization and Network Services
- Data Center Networks
- IPv6 Fundamentals: The New Age of Internet Protocol Addresses
- Are You Ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) to Change Our Buildings?
- Safety and Performance Implications of Counterfeit Cables
See what else we have available here.
Contribute to BICSI's quarterly journal, ICT Today, with relevant articles from around the world. Please consider sharing your technical expertise and insight so that readers in every BICSI District and Region find useful content to help them learn and grow within their unique ICT community. Experienced ICT professionals are encouraged to submit vendor-neutral, timely and authoritative articles related to ICT design and installation practices and solutions. Send your article ideas to email@example.com.
BICSI Learning Academy offers several ways to earn continuing education credits (CECs) toward renewing your BICSI credential, including:
- Virtual Instructor-led Training
- BICSI CONNECT Online Training
- Corporate On-site Courses
- BICSI Conferences
- Regional Events
- Live Webinars
- Open Enrollment Courses at BICSI World Headquarters and worldwide!