Agenda la fecha (Save the date): the 2020 BICSI CALA Colombia Congress & Exhibition has Moved to May 2021
With the 11th annual BICSI CALA Colombia Congress and Exhibition approaching fast, BICSI CALA is preparing to for a lot of excitement to come. More than 1,500 ICT professionals are expected to come together to enjoy academic talks and professional networking, as well as an Exhibit Hall filled with 30 sponsors and counting. Some of the topics to be addressed include structured cabling standards, artificial intelligence, digital convergence, smart buildings and 5G network development. For more information regarding sponsorships and delegate registration, please visit: congresobicsi.com and select Colombia.
Don't miss out on BICSI CALA webinars and events. These webinars and conferences have academic agendas 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:
- "Fiber Optic Connector Evolution in Data Center Applications"
18 June 2020 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT
- "Working Smarter to get Optimal Performance from Your Network’s Fiber Optic Assemblies"
8 July 2020 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT
- CALA Colombia Congress & Exhibition
19-20 May 2021| Bogotá, Colombia
As George hosted the BICSI India webinar, many inquisitive attendees across the industry spectrum followed along virtually. During the presentation, the following topics were covered:
- How business is changing
- Emerging business models
- What to preserve and what to change within the organization
- New people skills
- And more!
The presenter also brought forth an optimistic point of view that the symbolic representation of the word “crisis” in Chinese and Japanese script closely resembles the word “opportunity.” See the full press release here.
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Up until recently, the BICSI Japan District had maintained a busy schedule and has been bringing a lot of ICT knowledge and awareness to members and associates. However, due to the recent pandemic, things have changed drastically.
Due to the influence of COVID-19, all events scheduled in Japan, including the 2020 Olympic Games, have been canceled throughout the country. At this stage, there is no prospect as of when the current situation will end, and it is unclear when we can start activities again. BICSI Japan has also canceled all events.
Meanwhile, the BICSI Japan District is steadily preparing for the conference to be held in November, as we believe the virus issue should be over by then. Despite the current pessimistic situation, we are welcoming the opportunity to discuss taking up some new challenges. One challenge is to make the schedule completely online and to replace cancelled events by online seminars. Although the future is uncertain, we continue to prepare for a return to normal times.
In addition, the translation of ANSI/BICSI 002-2019 into Japanese, has occurred and has been selling well. BICSI Japan is also working on translating the BICSI 009-2019, Essentials of Data Center Projects (EDCP), 1st edition, as well as the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual, 14th Edition and have started recruiting volunteers led by the secretary committee to do so.
- 2020 BICSI Japan Conference & Exhibition
25 November| Tokyo, Japan
For more information, please visit our district website here.
- RCDD and DCDC exams are scheduled for 1 November 2020
- Coming soon! BICSI 009-2019, Essentials of Data Center Projects (EDCP), 1st edition and the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual, 14th Edition in Japanese
Mark Your Calendars! Plan Ahead to Attend the Following Upcoming Event in the Southeast Asia District
Join BICSI at the following location:
- 2020 Southeast Asia Conference & Exhibition
(Rescheduled from 23-24 April)
1-2 December | Singapore
With government restrictions on events still in place, BICSI South Pacific is unable to schedule any physical events for the remainder of 2020; but this hasn’t prevented BICSI South Pacific from providing education for its members.
Since 24 March, BICSI South Pacific has been hosting its seminars online, ensuring members have access to quality education on important industry topics. Thanks to the generosity of corporate members, R&M and Fluke Networks, BICSI South Pacific Seminars have been hosted on their webinar platforms to professionally present and record seminars every two weeks. Topics include:
- 24 March – WLAN Technologies and Smart Cities
- 7 April – Testing Standards and Optical Fibre Trends
- 21 April – Technology Standards Update
- 5 May – BICSI 2020 Winter Conference Highlights
- 19 May – 5G Networks
- 2 June – Smart Buildings
- 16 June – WLAN Heat Mapping
- 30 June – Wi-Fi 6 and ‘Data Centre Power
The speakers and presentations were originally scheduled by our local coordinators for physical seminars in their cities; however, were cancelled due to COVID-19. Since then, they have arranged for the guest speakers to deliver their presentations via
webinar, rather than in person.
The program is currently scheduled to the end of Q2, but may continue into Q3, depending on when government restrictions are eased. Once permission has been granted by respective governments to hold large events, BICSI South Pacific will return to holding physical seminars and other industry events.
On 27 September-1 October 1, BICSI will be hosting its first hybrid event—the 2020 Fall Conference & Exhibition at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. At this conference, you have the option to attend in person or virtually. This hybrid event promises a multitude of ICT-focused topics and exciting presentations that will be produced and presented live, while livestream options will be available at the same time. Be one of the first in BICSI's history to experience the virtual aspect or come to Las Vegas and join us in person—choose the format that works best for you! Register here today.
Registration is open for the EMEA Conference & Exhibition that is planned for 6-8 September 2020. Join BICSI to learn about the latest developments in 5G networks, data centers, PoE applications and standards, smart cities, buildings and infrastructure, wireless technologies, AV over IP, IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and more! Don’t miss informative Masterclasses and your chance to network with ICT professionals from around the globe. Register here today
Don't miss the opportunity to make an impact on your association. Nominate yourself for a position on the 2021-2022 BICSI Board of Directors by 30 June. The positions up for election are:
- Canadian Region Director
- Global Region Director
- U.S. South-Central Region Director
- Western Region Director
Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. Click here to learn more.
BICSI has launched a full-scale effort to make classes available to everyone with ICT training goals. Thanks to current technology and the hard work of many, traditional classroom and face-to-face training have transformed into a plethora of educational opportunities. With BICSI’s Virtual Classroom Training (VCT) options, the power to learn is only a few clicks away. Check out the classes we are offering now through September.
- BG102: Best Practices for Telecommunications Bonding and Grounding
- DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices
- DD102: Designing Telecommunications Distribution Systems
- IN101: BICSI Installer 1® Training
- IN225: BICSI Installer 2, Copper® Training
- OSP102: Applied Outside Plant Design
- PM102: Applied Telecommunications Project Management
Register today at bicsi.org/vct.
Just Released: ANSI/BICSI 007-2020, Information Communication Technology Design and Implementation Practices for Intelligent Buildings and Premises
Discover the latest methods and trends within building design with the ANSI/BICSI 007-2020, Information Communication Technology Design and Implementation Practices for Intelligent Buildings and Premises standard. This standard is packed with many details and even includes designs that have not yet made it to the market. The latest version of the ANSI/BICSI 007 also consists of:
- Building automation systems (BAS)
- Building management systems (BMS)
- Low voltage / PoE Lighting
- Electronic security systems (ESS)
- Intercom, paging and mass notification
- Sound masking and much more!
Find out more here and order your copy today!
Revised ANSI/BICSI 006-2020, Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Design and Implementation Best Practices is now Available
Connect yourself with the latest edition of the ANSI/BICSI 006-2020, Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Design and Implementation Best Practices standard. This revised edition brings you the latest in regulatory and safety codes, standards and technologies. Some of the latest revisions include:
- Expansion of emergency communication material
- Expansion of signal source information
- Expansion of system and connector installation practices
- Addition of 5G cellular and multiple carrier support
- Addition of passive optical networks (PONs)
With expertise from subject matter experts (SMEs) around the world, this universal approach to DAS design and implementation in the ANSI/BICSI 006-2020 makes it even more comprehensive. Find out more information at bicsi.org/006 and order your copy today!
Not long after the release of the 14th edition of the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), the publication won the 2020-21 Society for Technical Communication (STC) Alliance Competition Best in Show Award and the Award of Distinction during the STC Alliance Competition. The TDMM had plenty of competition in many states in the U.S. and was up against companies such as Microsoft, NASA, U.S Department of Homeland Security and more. BICSI is proud to have won these prestigious awards and looks forward to seeing the TDMM displayed at various STC conferences and venues throughout 2020-21. Find out more about the STC Alliance here. For more information about the TDMM, click here.
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
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.
Need flexibility to enhance your ICT knowledge? The BICSI CONNECT Online Learning Portal is your answer! BICSI CONNECT is continuously adding new courses and is your gateway to take self-paced training. With innovative material from RCDD test prep courses to pre-written test prep flash cards, these convenient options are well worth the investment. Academy Instructor-Led (ILT) courses and opportunities to earn CECs are also available. See what else is offered 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!