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Liz Goldsmith

Rosenberger OSI receives GOLD at the Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards 2019

Rosenberger OSI’s Identification Patch Cord (IDP) has been recognized as one of the best in the industry at the Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards 2019. The IDP simplifies the manual patching of patch cords in distributors while preventing the wrong patch cord from being pulled. Thanks to an external light source, which is simply plugged onto the connector at one end of a patch cable to be patched, its other end can be unmistakably and reliably identified.

Deerfield Beach to Become Florida’s Next Smart City

The City of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Siemens recently announced the official start of a city-wide energy efficiency project to reduce the city’s environmental footprint. Last month, the Commission of Deerfield Beach approved a 17-year contract with Siemens for energy performance services. Valued at more than $9.2 million, the infrastructure improvement project will allow the city to reduce energy consumption in more than 20 of its facilities and increase the use of alternative energy sources. Energy and operational savings are approximated to be $15 million by the end of the 17-year project.

Take CI&M’s survey tracking industry trends, challenges, expectations

Cabling Installation & Maintenance is conducting a survey of professionals across the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, gathering information from consultants, design and installation contractors, end-user organizations, and industry vendors about plans and expectations for the future, as well as the current state of their business. Topics include the trade war and tariffs, the Internet of Things, 5G, and others. 

White Paper: Introduction to Single-Mode Fiber

Traditionally, single-mode has been limited to applications such as long haul, service provider networks, metropolitan area networks, and backbone distribution for large campuses. However, single-mode is now finding its way into shorter reach applications.In early 2018, Leviton surveyed network professionals about the type of fiber they would install today to plan for future growth, and found a significant jump in OS2 compared to surveys from previous years. This paper will address some prevailing preconceived notions about single-mode fiber — whether true or false — and provide guidance for single-mode testing, cleaning, and inspecting.

Could Fiber be the Answer to Connectivity in Natural Disasters?

Using fiber optics is not the silver bullet, but it is the best option many have to keep their systems operating during natural disasters. Fiber networks—especially the ones built underground—are more durable than copper infrastructure, satellite and wireless. Fiber cables typically stand up very well to a weather event compared to a copper cable. Copper cables do not perform well when they are damaged and get wet. After Hurricane Sandy, Verizon started replacing the old, copper cables with fiber because of its operational robustness.

How cities can leverage citizen data while protecting privacy: Study offers models for preserving the privacy of citizens while using their data to improve government services

To improve the efficiency their municipal services, many Indian cities have started enabling government-service requests, which involves collecting and sharing citizen data with government officials and, potentially, the public. But there’s also a national push to protect citizen privacy, potentially restricting data usage. Cities are now beginning to question how much citizen data, if any, they can use to track government operations.

Cable Testing 101: There’s No Gain with “Gainers”

A fiber optic connector that puts out more power than it receives? Sounds like a miracle, but it’s actually a mistake. Read about the infamous “gainer” and why it’s not a good thing. Gainers can show up when using an OTDR to measure loss from one end of a fiber link, and they occur due to the way in which an OTDR measures reflected light along the length of the fiber. An OTDR assumes that fiber characteristics such as core and cladding size are consistent along the length with no variations, and it calculates signal loss based on the amount of reflected light, or backscatter, that it detects.

Rosenberger named USConec partner supplier for MDC duplex connectors and panels

USConec and Rosenberger are collaborating in the deployment of USConec’s MDC 3X density solution for hyperscale data centers and other applications. Offering 3X the density of duplex LC connectors, the MDC duplex connector offers simple insertion/extraction using a built-in push/pull boot, and field-polarity configurability. This ensures the MDC platform meets today’s challenges of high-density fiber management in data center environments.